Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.2006.1)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Effects of Flow and Temperature on Growth and Photophysiology of Scleractinian Corals in Moorea, French Polynesia

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.2006.1 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.2006

To test for threshold effects in the response of coral physiology to increasing seawater flow, field and laboratory experiments were conducted in Moorea. First, the growth of juvenile massive Porites spp. and branching P. irregularis was compared among habitats differing in water motion. Growth of massive Porites spp. responded to flow in a pattern consistent with a threshold effect, whereas growth of P. irregularis increased linearly with flow. Second, a recirculating flume was used to test the effect of flow on photophysiology (ΔF⁄Fm'), effective photochemical efficiency) for massive Porites spp.; ΔF⁄Fm' displayed a threshold response at 23 cm/sec and 28 °C, but not at 31 °C. Finally, intra-colony variation in the response of ΔF⁄Fm' to flow and temperature was explored to evaluate the functional significance of colony shape in small corals. ΔF⁄Fm' on the top and upstream surfaces of massive Porites spp. responded with a threshold effect of flow at 28 °C (but not 31 °C), but ΔF⁄Fm' on downstream surfaces was unresponsive to flow. ΔF⁄Fm' for P. irregularis was less responsive to flow than for massive Porites spp., suggesting that the photophysiological response of corals to varying flow speeds may differ between species and morphologies. Together, these results emphasize that flow can have diverse effects on the physiology of corals, with the outcome depending on flow speed, temperature, location on the colony, and perhaps morphology.

These data were published in The Biological Bulletin and were part of the masters thesis of W. Goldenheim (2011).

Short Name: Goldenheim Thesis
Publication Date: 2012-12-05
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Detailed Data Description and Download:
Field Growth Raw
These data were published in Table 1 and Fig. 2 of Goldenheim and Edmunds 2011, Biological Bulletin.
Field Growth Calculated
These data were published in Table 1 and Fig. 2 of Goldenheim and Edmunds 2011, Biological Bulletin.
Massive Porites spp. Flume
These data were published in Fig. 3 and Fig. 4 for massive Porites spp. of Goldenheim and Edmunds 2011, Biological Bulletin.
P. irregularis Flume
These data were published in Fig. 4 of Goldenheim and Edmunds 2011, Biological Bulletin.
Flume Calibration
These data calibrate the flow speeds of the flume.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Goldenheim, William (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Graduate Student) 
Owner: Edmunds, Peter (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Principal Investigator) [  email ]

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Goldenheim, W and P. Edmunds of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2012. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Effects of Flow and Temperature on Growth and Photophysiology of Scleractinian Corals in Moorea, French Polynesia. knb-lter-mcr.2006.1

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Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
MCR, LTER, Moorea Coral Reef, Long-term Time Series
Institute, Organization, or Funding Agency California State University Northridge, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NSF, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Santa Barbara
French Polynesia, Moorea
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Colonies, Lagoons, Reefs
LTER Core Research Area adaptation, corals, coral reefs, growth, seawater, surface elevation table, temperature
MCR Research Theme Ocean Acidification, Reef Resistance and Resilience
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics

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