Danijela DimitrijevićFriedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
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Trait-based approaches are increasingly relevant to understand ecological and evolutionary patterns. A comprehensive trait database for extant reef corals is already available and widely used to reveal vulnerabilities to environmental disturbances including climate change. However, the lack of similar trait compilations for extinct reef builders pr...
This document contains the references for the data sources compiled in the Ancient Reef Traits Database
Coral communities today are negatively affected by anthropogenic greenhouse gas release causing global warming and ocean acidification. Natural greenhouse gas release by massive volcanism is thought to have caused one of the Big Five mass extinctions at the end of the Triassic period (200 million years ago). This hyperthermal event triggered one of...
Global warming today is taking its toll on coral reefs globally, particularly affecting scleractinian corals which rely on their symbionts for nutrition. In the past, hyperthermal events have probably triggered evolutionary losses and gains of symbiosis in corals. Accordingly, we expect photosymbiotic corals to be more strongly affected than non-sy...
The end-Triassic mass extinction and reef crisis was a significant crisis in the evolution of scleractinian corals. The crisis is thought to have been caused by volcanically induced global warming. Accordingly, we would expect photosymbiotic corals to be more strongly affected than non-symbiotic corals. However, although corallite integration has d...
Trophic interactions of extinct fishes are central to our understanding of evolution, paleoecology, and their role in the paleo-communities, but can be challenging, as these are limited by the incompleteness of the fossil record and by a lack of behavioural data. The extensive fossil record of Actinopterygii comes mostly from Conservation-Lagerstät...
As climate change, among other factors, is increasingly affecting Antarctic marine systems, competition for prey may increase between predators, particularly in the Antarctic Peninsula which has warmed more than elsewhere. Under such a context, we tested the feeding and trophic ecology of Gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) and Chinstrap (Pygoscelis antarcti...