ecological monitoring, invertebrates, fish, health index, rocky reefs

20 years of ecological monitoring in the Gulf of California

The Long Term Ecological Monitoring Program (LTEMP) began in 1998 as a collaborative effort between…

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Biological Monitoring

Groupers Spawning Aggregations in the Mexican Caribbean

Fish Spawning Aggregations (FSA) represent a vulnerable ecological process. In many species, individuals travel long…

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Ecology

Relationship between size of polyps and the distribution of sea fans in the Gulf of California

Sea fans, or soft corals, which can form extensive underwater forests, are the dominant group…

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Mangroves

Distant mangroves share similar fish communities, while neighbors can be different

Mangrove forests form complex and productive ecosystems at the edges of the tropical oceans, and…

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Kelp Forests

Assessing the role of fish in kelp forests and rocky reefs

There is a widespread perception that the healthier an ecosystem is, the more species it…

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Habitat Diversity

Bahía Magdalena: habitat diversity sustains fisheries

The lagoon complex Bahia Magdalena-Almejas (BMA) is one of the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystems in…

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Coral Reef

Marine habitat distributions in the Gulf of California

The value of nature and its contribution to human well-being and development is being increasingly…

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Endemism

Endemism and protected species on the shores of Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo National Park conserves an amazing diversity of marine creatures, yet the arid lands…

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Climate Change

Climate and environmental impacts at a global scale

The planet is now deeply rooted in the Anthropocene [1], an era where human pressures…

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Bahia de Banderas

How many species and groups of invertebrates are in the Gulf of California reefs?

The fish communities in the reefs of the Gulf of California (GoC) have been studied…

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Cabo Pulmo

Exploring diversity in Cabo Pulmo National Park through fish eggs and larvae

Genetic identification of fish eggs and larvae can be a useful tool to assess the…

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Mangroves

Gulf Mangroves Store Carbon by the Ton

Severely threatened around the world, mangrove forests provide us with many irreplaceable ecosystem services, including…

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Marine Reserves

Effects of short-term marine reserves on grouper and bass populations

Marine ecosystems sustain significant anthropogenic impacts from activities like overfishing, habitat deterioration, destructive fishing practices,…

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Cabo Pulmo

Recovering fishery resources in the Gulf of California

Ocean reefs are a source of food and income for many coastal communities that extract…

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Yellow Snapper

How distance between mangroves and reefs could affect snapper populations

Several species of snappers are dependent on mangrove forests during their first year of life…

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Kelp Forests

Counting fish in the kelp forests of Baja California

Kelp forests are the submerged counterparts of rain forests and are among the most productive…

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Mangroves

Snapper habitat in Gulf of California mangrove forests

Many fish use mangrove forests as habitat, especially while they are juveniles. Snappers (Lutjanidae) are…

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Reefs

Mexico’s reefs and underwater data

For the last 15 years GCMP scientists have been surveying many of the rocky reefs…

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Health Index

Health index

The size of the different species present in a community is well known to be…

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