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Hunter Lenihan

Investigator

Campus: UC Santa Barbara

Bren School of Environmental Science
and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131

805-893-8629
lenihan@bren.ucsb.edu
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Publications
Year Citation Links Publication Type
2015

Lenihan, H.S., J.L. Hench, S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt and M. Potoski. 2015. Hydrodynamics influence coral performance through simultaneous direct and indirect effects. Ecology 96:1540-1549.

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2014

Yau A.J., H.S. Lenihan and B.E. Kendall. 2014. Fisheries management priorities vary with self-recruitment in sedentary marine populations. Ecological Applications 24:1490-1504.

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2011

Kayal, M., H.S. Lenihan, C. Pau, L. Penin, and M. Adjeroud. 2011. Associational refuges among corals mediate impacts of a crown-of-thorns starfish Acanthaster planci outbreak. Coral Reefs 30:827-837.

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2011

Lenihan, H.S., S.J. Holbrook, R.J. Schmitt and A.J. Brooks. 2011. Influence of corallivory, competition, and habitat structure on coral community shifts. Ecology 92:1959-1971.

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2010

Edmunds, P.J. and H.S. Lenihan. 2010. Effect of sub-lethal damage to juvenile colonies of massive Porites spp. under contrasting regimes of temperature and water flow. Marine Biology 157:887-897.

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2010

Lenihan, H.S. and P.J. Edmunds. 2010. Response of Pocillopora verrucosa to corallivory varies with environmental conditions. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 409:51-63.

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2008

Lenihan, H.S., M. Adjeroud, M. Kotchen, J. Hench and T. Nakamura. 2008. Reef structure regulates small-scale spatial variation in coral bleaching. Marine Ecology Progress Series 370:127-141.

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2007

Penin, L., M. Adjeroud, M. Schrimm and H.S. Lenihan. 2007. High spatial variability in coral bleaching around Moorea (French Polynesia): patterns across locations and water depths. Comptes Rendus Biologies 330:171-181.

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Datasets
Role Link Dataset Title
creator knb-lter-mcr.4009 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-Term Coral Population and Community Dynamics: Annual Island Wide Coral Demography Survey 2011 to present
Involvements
Category Project Activity Link Abstract Link
LTER Core Research Area Populations A population is a group of organisms of the same species. Like canaries in the coalmine, changes in populations of organisms can be important indicators of environmental changes. more
LTER Core Research Area Disturbance Disturbances often shape ecosystems by periodically reorganizing or destroying them, allowing for significant changes in plant and animal populations and communities. more
Decadal Plan Socio-ecological Systems The Socio-ecological Systems topic is part of a Strategic Research Initiative developed by the Research Initiatives Subcommittee of the LTER Planning Process Conference Committee and the Cyberinfrastructure Core Team. more
MCR Core Activity Process-Oriented Field Studies A series of process-oriented field studies motivated by our initial focused questions have been initiated to explore gaps in our understanding of physical and biological processes and events that affect structure, function and dynamics of the reef ecosystem of Moorea; additional integration is achieved by focusing on common model systems.
Research Theme Reef Resistance and Resilience In general there are two contrasting attributes of an ecosystem with respect to external drivers: 1) resistance, the amount of external forcing a system can absorb without a qualitative change and 2) resilience, the tendency of a system to return to its previous state after a perturbation. Resilience in particular is a major MCR research focus because Moorea recently was subjected to a pulse disturbance, an outbreak of the crown-of-thorns seastar, that killed most living coral on the fore reef.
MCR-LTER Working Group Bio-Physical Coupling Many of the features defining coral reefs are products of the interaction of biological and physical processes acting over multiple spatio-temporal and functional scales. We are exploring the scale-dependence of physical processes around the island of Moorea, focusing initially on waves and water fluxes and temperature characteristics at several scales.
MCR-LTER Working Group Modeling and Synthesis MCR has a diverse range of projects that focus on the physiology and population dynamics of corals and organisms with which they interact, on ecosystem processes on and near coral reefs, and on the physical environment. We are developing a unified body of theory and a suite of models that can support individual projects and (more importantly) contribute to synthesis.
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics Coral reefs have exceptionally high levels of biodiversity that generate complex webs of interacting species. Our ability to forecast population and community dynamics requires greater understanding of the manner by which individuals and species interact within coral reef ecosystems.

 

 
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  NSF LTER logo This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreement #OCE-0417412, #OCE-1026851, and #OCE-1236905. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Moore Foundation logo  
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