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MCR Personnel

 

Robert Carpenter

Co-Principal Investigator

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Campus: CSU Northridge

Department of Biology
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8303

818-677-3256
robert.carpenter@csun.edu
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Coral Reef trophodynamics and productivity

Publications
Year Citation Links Publication Type
2015

Brown, A. and R.C. Carpenter. 2015. Water flow influences the mechanisms and outcomes of interactions between massive Porites and coral reef algae. Marine Biology 162:459-468.

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2015

Edmunds, P.J., R. Steneck, R. Albright, R.C. Carpenter, A.P.Y. Chui, T.-Y.Fan, S. Harii, H. Kitano, H. Kurihara, L. Legendre, S. Mitarai, S. Muko, Y. Nozawa, J. Padillo-Gamino, N.N. Price, K. Sakai, G. Suzuki, M.J.H. vanOppen, A. Yarid and R.D. Gates. 2015. Geographic variation in long-term trajectories of change in coral recruitment: a global-to-local perspective. Marine and Freshwater Research 66:609-622.

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2014

Comeau, S., P.J. Edmunds, N.B. Spindel and R.C. Carpenter. 2014. Fast coral reef calcifiers are more sensitive to ocean acidification in short-term laboratory incubations. Limnology and Oceanography 59:1081-1091.

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2014

Comeau, S., P.J. Edmunds, N.B. Spindel and R.C. Carpenter. 2014. Diel pCO2 oscillations modulate the response of the coral Acropora hyacinthus to ocean acidification. Marine Ecology Progress Series 501:99-111.

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2014

Comeau, S., R.C. Carpenter and P.J. Edmunds. 2014. Effects of irradiance on the response of the coral Acropora pulchra and the calcifying alga Hydrolithon reinboldii to temperature elevation and ocean acidification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 453:28-35.

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2014

Gowan, J.C., J.S. Tootell and R.C. Carpenter. 2014. The effects of water flow and sedimentation on interactions between massive Porites and algal turf. Coral Reefs.

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2014

Hillard, H. and R.C. Carpenter. 2014. Acidification and algae: do they have interactive effects on corals?. In: Proceedings of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Austin, TX. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54 (Supplement 1):E91-E91.

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Conference Proceedings
2014

Johnson, M., V. Moriarty, and R.C. Carpenter. 2014. Acclimatization of the crustose coraline alga Porolithon onkodes to variable pCO2. PLoS One 9:e87678.

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2014

Poray, A.K. and R.C. Carpenter. 2014. Distributions of coral reef macroalgae in a back reef habitat in Moorea, French Polynesia. Coral Reefs 33:67-76.

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2013

Alldredge, A.L., C.A. Carlson and R.C. Carpenter. 2013. Sources of organic carbon to coral reef flats. Oceanography 26:108-113.

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2013

Brown, A. and R.C. Carpenter. 2013. Water flow mediated oxygen dynamics within massive Porites-algal turf interactions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 490:1-10.

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2013

Comeau, S., R.C. Carpenter and P.J. Edmunds. 2013. Effects of feeding and light intensity on the response of the coral Porites rus to ocean acidification. Marine Biology 160:1127-1134.

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2013

Comeau, S., P.J. Edmunds, N.B. Spindel and R.C. Carpenter. 2013. The responses of eight coral reef calcifiers to increasing partial pressure of CO2 do not exhibit a tipping point. Limnology and Oceanography 58:388-398.

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2013

Comeau, S., R.C. Carpenter and P.J. Edmunds. 2013. Response to: Coral reef calcification – carbonate, bicarbonate and proton flux under conditions of increasing ocean acidification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences 280:20131153.

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2013

Edmunds, P.J., R.C. Carpenter and S. Comeau. 2013. Understanding the threats of ocean acidification to coral reefs. Oceanography 26:149-152.

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2013

Leichter, J.J., A.L., Alldredge, G. Bernardi, A.J. Brooks, C.A. Carlson, R,C. Carpenter, P.J. Edmunds, M.R. Fewings, K.M. Hanson, J.L. Hench, S.J. Holbrook, C.E. Nelson, R.J. Schmitt, R.J. Toonan, L Washburn and A.S.J. Wyatt. 2013. Biological and physical interactions on a tropical island coral reef: Transport and retention processes on Moorea, French Polynesia. Oceanography 26:52-63.

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2012

Comeau, S., R.C. Carpenter and P.J. Edmunds. 2012. Coral reef calcifiers buffer their response to ocean acidification using both bicarbonate and carbonate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences 280:20122374.

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2012

Johnson, M.D. and R.C. Carpenter. 2012. Ocean acidification and warming decrease calcification in the crustose coralline alga Hydrolithon onkodes and increases susceptibility to grazing. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 434:94-101.

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2011

Adam, T.C., R.J. Schmitt, S.J. Holbrook, A.J. Brooks, P.J. Edmunds, R.C. Carpenter and G. Bernardi. 2011. Herbivory, connectivity and ecosystem resilience: response of a coral reef to a large-scale perturbation. PLoS One 6(8):e23717.

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2009

Ferrier, G.A. and R.C. Carpenter. 2009. Subtidal benthic heterogeneity: flow environment modification and impacts on marine algal community structure and morphology. Biological Bulletin 217:115-129.

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2008

Green, D.H., P.J. Edmunds and R.C. Carpenter. 2008. Increasing relative abundance of Porites astereoides on Caribbean reefs mediated by an overall decline in coral cover. Marine Ecology Progress Series 359:1-10.

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2008

Morrow, K.M. and R. Carpenter. 2008. Shallow kelp canopies mediate macroalgal composition: effects on the distribution and abundance of Corynactis californica (Corallimorpharia). Marine Ecology Progress Series 361:119-127.

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2008

Morrow, K.M. and R.C. Carpenter. 2008. Macroalgal morphology mediates particle capture by the corallimorpharian Corynactis californica. Marine Biology 155:273-280.

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2007

Carpenter, R.C. and S.L. Williams. 2007. Mass transfer limitation of photosynthesis of coral reef algal turfs. Marine Biology 151:435-450.

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2007

Haring, R.N. and R.C. Carpenter. 2007. Habitat-induced morphological variation influences photosynthesis and drag on the marine macroalga Pachydictyon coriaceum. Marine Biology 151:243-255.

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2007

Padilla-Gamino, J.L. and R.C. Carpenter. 2007. Seasonal acclimatization of Asparagopsis taxiformis from different biogeographic regions. Limnology and Oceanography 52:833-842.

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2007

Padilla-Gamino, J.L. and R.C. Carpenter. 2007. Thermal ecophysiology of Laurencia pacifica and Laurencia nidifica (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) from tropical and warm-temperate regions. Journal of Phycology 43:686-692.

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2006

Bruno, J.F., S.C. Lee, J.S. Kertesz, R.C. Carpenter, Z.T. Long and J.E. Duffy. 2006. Partitioning the effects of algal species identity and richness on benthic marine primary production. Oikos 115:170-178.

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2006

Carpenter, R.C. and P.J. Edmunds. 2006. Local and regional scale recovery of Diadema promotes recruitment of scleractinian corals. Ecology Letters 9:271-280.

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Datasets
Role Link Dataset Title
creator knb-lter-mcr.18 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Rates of benthic coral reef community metabolism from 2007 ongoing
creator knb-lter-mcr.19 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Estimates of component primary production and respiration
creator knb-lter-mcr.20 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Macroalgal CHN
creator knb-lter-mcr.4005 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Benthic Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR), ongoing since 2009
creator knb-lter-mcr.7 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Other Benthic Invertebrates, ongoing since 2005
creator knb-lter-mcr.8 MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Benthic Algae and Other Community Components, ongoing since 2005
Involvements
Category Project Activity Link Abstract Link
LTER Core Research Area Primary Production Plant growth in most ecosystems forms the base or "primary" component of the food web. The amount and type of plant growth in an ecosystem helps to determine the amount and kind of animals (or "secondary" productivity) that can survive there. more
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 Inorganic Nutrients Nitrogen, phosphorus and other mineral nutrients are cycled through the ecosystem by way of decay and disturbances such as fire and flood. In excessive quantities nitrogen and other nutrients can have far-reaching and harmful effects on the environment. 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
MCR Core Activity Ecological Modeling and Synthesis Quantitative modeling approaches are being developed to address our focus on the biological basis for variation in performance of stony corals; additionally, a collaborative meta-analysis project has been initiated.
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.
MCR Core Activity Time Series Program A comprehensive set of spatially explicit time series measurements was designed and implemented (during Year 1) to describe decadal trends in the reef ecosystem and forcing functions on a landscape scale.
Research Theme Ocean Acidification A fundamental goal of the MCR is to advance understanding that enables accurate forecasts of the behavior of coral reef ecosystems to environmental forcing. To this end, we seek to understand the mechanistic basis of change in coral reefs by determining how they are influenced by the press drivers to which they are increasingly being subjected, especially those associated with an increasing degree of ocean acidification.
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.

 

 
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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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