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Field studies revealed a significant and negative interaction between human population density and biodiversity.
AUTHORS: Mora, C., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Bocos, A.A., Ayotte, P.M., Banks, S., Bauman, A.G., Beger, M., Bessudo, S., Booth, D.J., Brokovich, E. and Brooks, A
DATE: April 2011
Using global fishery assemblages, this paper demonstrated that ecosystem functioning scales in a non-saturating manner with global reef biodiversity. Additionally, field studies revealed a significant and negative interaction between human population density and biodiversity. Human settlements affect over 75% of the world’s coral reefs and include (but not limited to) fishing, coastal development, and land use stressors.
With over 120 citations, this publication has over 22,000 views and over 3,500 downloads. It indicated that the consequences of biodiversity loss on coral reefs due to anthropogenic causes are considerably underestimated. As a result, these reefs have become increasingly vulnerable to the expansion and intensity of human activity.