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Research Article

Herbivory, Connectivity, and Ecosystem Resilience: Response of a Coral Reef to a Large-Scale Perturbation

  • Thomas C. Adam mail,

    adam@lifesci.ucsb.edu

    Affiliation: Coastal Research Center, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Russell J. Schmitt,

    Affiliations: Coastal Research Center, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Sally J. Holbrook,

    Affiliations: Coastal Research Center, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Andrew J. Brooks,

    Affiliation: Coastal Research Center, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Peter J. Edmunds,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, California State University Northridge, Northridge, California, United States of America

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  • Robert C. Carpenter,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, California State University Northridge, Northridge, California, United States of America

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  • Giacomo Bernardi

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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  • Published: August 25, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023717

About the Authors

Thomas C. Adam, Russell J. Schmitt, Sally J. Holbrook, Andrew J. Brooks
Coastal Research Center, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Russell J. Schmitt, Sally J. Holbrook
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Peter J. Edmunds, Robert C. Carpenter
Department of Biology, California State University Northridge, Northridge, California, United States of America
Giacomo Bernardi
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: adam@lifesci.ucsb.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: TCA RJS SJH AJB PJE RCC GB. Performed the experiments: TCA RJS SJH AJB PJE RCC GB. Analyzed the data: TCA. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RJS SJH AJB PJE RCC. Wrote the paper: TCA RJS SJH AJB.