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Research Article

Consumers Control Diversity and Functioning of a Natural Marine Ecosystem

  • Andrew H. Altieri,

    Affiliation: Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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  • Geoffrey C. Trussell mail,

    g.trussell@neu.edu

    Affiliation: Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Patrick J. Ewanchuk,

    Affiliation: Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Biology, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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  • Genevieve Bernatchez,

    Affiliation: Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Matthew E. S. Bracken

    Affiliation: Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: April 22, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005291

About the Authors

Andrew H. Altieri, Geoffrey C. Trussell, Patrick J. Ewanchuk, Genevieve Bernatchez, Matthew E. S. Bracken
Marine Science Center, Northeastern University, Nahant, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: g.trussell@neu.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GCT PJE. Performed the experiments: GCT PJE GB. Analyzed the data: AHA GCT MESB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GCT. Wrote the paper: AHA GCT MESB.