The status of coral reef ecology research in the Red Sea

Michael L. Berumen, Andrew Hoey, William H. Bass, Jessica Bouwmeester, Daniela Catania, Jesse Cochran, Maha T. Khalil, Sou Miyake, Mehreen Mughal, Julia L.Y. Spaet, Pablo Saenz Agudelo

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The Red Sea has long been recognized as a region of high biodiversity and endemism. Despite this diversity and early history of scientific work, our understanding of the ecology of coral reefs in the Red Sea has lagged behind that of other large coral reef systems. We carried out a quantitative assessment of ISI-listed research published from the Red Sea in eight specific topics (apex predators, connectivity, coral bleaching, coral reproductive biology, herbivory, marine protected areas, non-coral invertebrates and reef-associated bacteria) and compared the amount of research conducted in the Red Sea to that from Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and the Caribbean. On average, for these eight topics, the Red Sea had 1/6th the amount of research compared to the GBR and about 1/8th the amount of the Caribbean. Further, more than 50 % of the published research from the Red Sea originated from the Gulf of Aqaba, a small area (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-748
Number of pages12
JournalCoral Reefs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 21 2013

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  • Aquatic Science


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