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Subject: LCSH

Marine ecology


Biology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


There is increasing interest in the resilience of marine and estuarine populations, communities and ecosystems, and their rapid change when stresses reach some threshold or tipping point. Current research on thresholds is altering our understanding of these systems, the processes by which they change, and our approach to their management and restoration. In this Theme Section conceptual, modeling, and empirical studies explore threshold dynamics in marine coastal systems in a variety of habitats and across different scales. The contributions provide a window on present research, highlight some of the issues being debated, and point to some of the potential applications of threshold dynamics to resource management issues.


Open access after 5 years; archives posted at Inter-Research Science Center site, .


doi: 10.3354/meps08765

Publisher Citation

Osman R.W., Munguia P., Zajac R.N. (2010) Ecological thresholds in marine communities: theory, experiments and management. In Threshold dynamics in marine coastal systems (Theme Section). Marine Ecology Progress Series 413: 185-187.



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