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Ecology of Coastal Marine Sediments: Form, Function, and Change in the Anthropocene

Simon Thrush, Judi Hewitt, Conrad Pilditch, and Alf Norkko


Marine sediments dominate the seafloor, creating one of the largest ecosystems on earth. Marine sediments contain some of the steepest known natural chemical gradients and are extraordinarily productive and reactive, particularly in shallow water. The plants and animals that live on and in marine sediments create highly heterogeneous conditions that strongly influence ecosystem functions and how marine ecosystems drive and respond to change. Seafloor biodiversity is a key mediator of ecosystem functioning, but its role is often excluded from global budgets or simplified to black boxes in ecosy ... More

Keywords: animal–sediment interactions, plant–sediment interactions, ecosystem function, study design, environmental change, biodiversity, ecosystem interactions, marine sediments, benthic ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Thrush, author
Director, Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Judi Hewitt, author
Principal Scientist and Professor, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Hamilton and Department of Statistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Conrad Pilditch, author
Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand