SWFSC Researcher's Work on Coral Reef Fish Featured on the Cover of the Journal PNAS

SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Andrew Hein's latest article is featured on the cover of the journal PNAS.

Gil, Michael A., and Andrew M. Hein.
Social interactions among grazing reef fish drive material flux in a coral reef ecosystem.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114(18):4703-4708.
http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1615652114 (The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.)

Authors Gil and Hein conducted behavioral studies on coral reef fish and found that the fish base their decisions to feed on algae or flee from predators on the density and actions of other fish in the area, a behavior that influenced the amount of algae the fish consumed. The findings suggest that social interactions among consumers can alter the flow of energy and material through ecosystems.

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Landscape Ecology Team

(May 16, 2017)

Coral reef

Coral reef off the coast of Mo'orea, French Polynesia
(Image courtesy of Stella A. Hein, UC Santa Cruz)