Exploring the processes driving the distribution of biodiversity to provide high quality biodiversity impact assessments and identify priority conservation areas, safeguarding biodiversity for future generations.
Seaweed productivity is strongly related to climatic variables, peaking at temperate latitudes and exhibiting exceptionally high per-area production rates, 10 times higher than coastal phytoplankton in temperate and polar seas.
Biophysical modelling revealed that connectivity differs sharply among ecological groups, from highly connected (e.g., fish) to isolated ecosystem structuring species (e.g., corals) that might undermine conservation efforts, as they are the feeding or nursery habitats of many other species.
Tolerance to low oxygen conditions is greater in smaller than larger, and less mobile than mobile taxa. The most vulnerable taxa are large active fish, and the least include mussels, hydrozoans, and jellyfishes.