TitleBiodiversity, population regulation, and the stability of coral-reef fish communities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsCarr, MH, Anderson, TW, Hixon, MA
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Type of ArticleJournal Article

Unprecedented population declines and extinctions because of human activities, combined with a growing recognition that such losses affect the stability of ecosystems, underscore the need to better understand how populations persist naturally. We provide field experimental evidence that high biodiversity-in particular, the combined effects of predators and competitors-acts in a way that regulates the size of local fish populations within their coral-reef community. These results indicate that complex interactions among multiple species are necessary for the stability of a highly diverse community, and so forewarn that overexploiting such species may have cascading negative consequences for the entire system.

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