Recruitment of planktonic larvae to benthic habitats

The arrival of planktonic larvae to benthic habitats is a fundamental demographic process. For open populations, arrival of planktonic larvae is the only way to incorporate new members to local populations. Research carried out on the coast of the Americas and South Africa using standardized larval collectors has shown that spatial patterns of larval recruitment are strongly influenced by oceanographic processes.
The links below point to publications where we have investigated larval recruitment patterns over different spatial and temporal scales in different locations of the Eastern Pacific. One very important conclusion, after many years of work with Sergio Navarrete and his team at ECIM and with PISCO researchers in California and Oregon, is that spatially-structured larval recruitment patterns driven by oceanographic processes can determine metacommunity structure by regionally modifying the strength of local ecological interactions (see Community dynamics).

Interhemispherical comparisons
West Coast of the USA
Santa Cruz Island, CA, USA
Antofagasta bay, Chile
Central California, USA

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