Table of Contents: Diversity in the Nearshore: The NaGISA Collection


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This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project, a component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) program. NaGISA is a collaborative effort aimed at inventorying and monitoring biodiversity in rocky bottom macroalgal and soft bottom seagrass communities from the high intertidal zone to 20 meters in depth at a global scale. Through the combination of a simple, cost-efficient and intentionally low-tech sampling protocol and a hierarchically nested design, NaGISA carried out a series of globally-distributed standard transects in more than 250 sites within 28 countries. Sites extended over latitudes from 77.85° S to 78.38° N, and longitudes from 178.59° W to 179.31° E. At present, the NaGISA database, growing since 2003, is available through the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and contains nearly 54,666 records for 2,867 taxa.

NaGISA serves a wide range of functions. It provides baseline data for local long-term monitoring and support for local management efforts; it presents information about changes in biodiversity and abundance across latitude and longitude over large geographic scales; it tests a wide array of ecological theories; it provides solutions to practical problems. The papers in this collection explore the relationships between species richness and biomass from different taxa along varying intertidal heights, subtidal depths and latitudes over large spatial scales. The papers also aim to determine the effect of several environmental variables as possible drivers of these gradients of biodiversity.

The papers of the collection describe large-scale distribution patterns of assemblages associated with rocky shores around the globe, as well as specific patterns for taxa such as macroalgae, polychaetes, and echinoderms. Articles are presented in order of publication date and new NaGISA articles on other taxa will be added to the collection as they are published.

Image Credit: Gregorio Bigatti (ProyectoSub), Centro Nacional Patagónico, Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Collection Citation: Diversity in the Nearshore: The NaGISA Collection (2010) PLoS Collections:


Research Articles

Biotic and Human Vulnerability to Projected Changes in Ocean Biogeochemistry over the 21st Century

Camilo Mora, Chih-Lin Wei, Audrey Rollo, Teresa Amaro, Amy R. Baco, David Billett, Laurent Bopp, Qi Chen, Mark Collier, Roberto Danovaro, Andrew J. Gooday, Benjamin M. Grupe, Paul R. Halloran, Jeroen Ingels, Daniel O. B. Jones, Lisa A. Levin, Hideyuki Nakano, Karl Norling, Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Michael Rex, Henry A. Ruhl, Craig R. Smith, Andrew K. Sweetman, Andrew R. Thurber, Jerry F. Tjiputra, Paolo Usseglio, Les Watling, Tongwen Wu, Moriaki Yasuhara

Large-Scale Spatial Distribution Patterns of Gastropod Assemblages in Rocky Shores

Patricia Miloslavich, Juan José Cruz-Motta, Eduardo Klein, Katrin Iken, Vanessa Weinberger, Brenda Konar, Tom Trott, Gerhard Pohle, Gregorio Bigatti, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Angela Mead, Gabriela Palomo, Manuel Ortiz, Judith Gobin, Adriana Sardi, Juan Manuel Díaz, Ann Knowlton, Melisa Wong, Ana C. Peralta

Aspects of Benthic Decapod Diversity and Distribution from Rocky Nearshore Habitat at Geographically Widely Dispersed Sites

Gerhard Pohle, Katrin Iken, K. Robert Clarke, Thomas Trott, Brenda Konar, Juan José Cruz-Motta, Melisa Wong, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Angela Mead, Patricia Miloslavich, Nova Mieszkowska, Rebecca Milne, Laura Tamburello, Ann Knowlton, Edward Kimani, Yoshihisa Shirayama

Global Human Footprint on the Linkage between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Reef Fishes

Camilo Mora, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Arturo Ayala Bocos, Paula M. Ayotte, Stuart Banks, Andrew G. Bauman, Maria Beger, Sandra Bessudo, David J. Booth, Eran Brokovich, Andrew Brooks, Pascale Chabanet, Joshua E. Cinner, Jorge Cortés, Juan J. Cruz-Motta, Amilcar Cupul Magaña, Edward E. DeMartini, Graham J. Edgar, David A. Feary, Sebastian C. A. Ferse, Alan M. Friedlander, Kevin J. Gaston, Charlotte Gough, Nicholas A. J. Graham, Alison Green, Hector Guzman, Marah Hardt, Michel Kulbicki, Yves Letourneur, Andres López Pérez, Michel Loreau, Yossi Loya, Camilo Martinez, Ismael Mascareñas-Osorio, Tau Morove, Marc-Olivier Nadon, Yohei Nakamura, Gustavo Paredes, Nicholas V. C. Polunin, Morgan S. Pratchett, Héctor Reyes Bonilla, Fernando Rivera, Enric Sala, Stuart A. Sandin, German Soler, Rick Stuart-Smith, Emmanuel Tessier, Derek P. Tittensor, Mark Tupper, Paolo Usseglio, Laurent Vigliola, Laurent Wantiez, Ivor Williams, Shaun K. Wilson, Fernando A. Zapata

Patterns of Spatial Variation of Assemblages Associated with Intertidal Rocky Shores: A Global Perspective

Juan José Cruz-Motta, Patricia Miloslavich, Gabriela Palomo, Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar, Gerhard Pohle, Tom Trott, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, César Herrera, Alejandra Hernández, Adriana Sardi, Andrea Bueno, Julio Castillo, Eduardo Klein, Edlin Guerra-Castro, Judith Gobin, Diana Isabel Gómez, Rafael Riosmena-Rodríguez, Angela Mead, Gregorio Bigatti, Ann Knowlton, Yoshihisa Shirayama

Large-Scale Spatial Distribution Patterns of Echinoderms in Nearshore Rocky Habitats

Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Juan José Cruz-Motta, Ann Knowlton, Gerhard Pohle, Angela Mead, Patricia Miloslavich, Melisa Wong, Thomas Trott, Nova Mieszkowska, Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez, Laura Airoldi, Edward Kimani, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Simonetta Fraschetti, Manuel Ortiz-Touzet, Angelica Silva

Current Patterns of Macroalgal Diversity and Biomass in Northern Hemisphere Rocky Shores

Brenda Konar, Katrin Iken, Juan José Cruz-Motta, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Ann Knowlton, Gerhard Pohle, Patricia Miloslavich, Matt Edwards, Thomas Trott, Edward Kimani, Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez, Melisa Wong, Stuart Jenkins, Angelica Silva, Isabel Sousa Pinto, Yoshihisa Shirayama

Spatial Relationships between Polychaete Assemblages and Environmental Variables over Broad Geographical Scales

Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar, Juan Cruz-Motta, Ann Knowlton, Gerhard Pohle, Alberto Castelli, Laura Tamburello, Angela Mead, Tom Trott, Patricia Miloslavich, Melisa Wong, Yoshihisa Shirayama, Claudio Lardicci, Gabriela Palomo, Elena Maggi

Neutrality and the Response of Rare Species to Environmental Variance

Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Iacopo Bertocci, Stefano Vaselli, Elena Maggi, Fabio Bulleri