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  • Los accidentes acuáticos alrededor de nuestras costas y su relación con el estado del mar y de la atmósfera 

    Lizano Rodríguez, Omar G. (2017)
    Se hace una revisión de los principales fenómenos océano-atmosféricos que pueden producir accidentes acuáticos en nuestras costas, describiendo sus características, propagación y orígenes. Se recopilaron varios casos ...
  • Gastropods and bivalves taken as by-catch in the deep-water shrimp trawl-fishery along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Central America 

    Villalobos Rojas, Fresia; Azofeifa Solano, Juan Carlos; Camacho García, Yolanda E.; Wehrtmann, Ingo S. (2017)
    Deep-water habitats are among the least studied but most vulnerable environments. By-catch data from deep-water fisheries in Latin America are limited, and detailed reports on associated molluscs are scarce. This study ...
  • Echinoderm diversity of a tropical estuary in the largest river basin of the Costa Rican Pacific, Eastern Tropical Pacific 

    Azofeifa Solano, Juan Carlos; Mena González, Sebastián; Alvarado Barrientos, Juan José; Chacón Monge, José Leonardo; Clarke, Tayler McLellan; Herrera Correal, Juliana; Wehrtmann, Ingo S. (2017)
    Echinoderms within the Eastern Tropical Pacific have mainly been studied in association with coral reefs. Investigations on echinoderms associated with soft-bottoms and estuaries are still scarce. The present study reports ...
  • Indicator-based management recommendations for an artisanal bottom-longline fishery in Costa Rica, Central America 

    Bystrom, Andy Benjamin; Naranjo Madrigal, Helven; Wehrtmann, Ingo S. (2017)
    There is a growing need to strengthen the small-scale fishing sector with emerging governance methods that improve fishers’ threatened livelihoods. Therefore, this study’s aim was to develop management ...
  • Molecular Assisted Identification Reveals Hidden Red Algae Diversity from the Burica Peninsula, Pacific Panama 

    Freshwater, David Wilson; Idol, Jennifer N.; Parham, Seth L.; Fernández García, Cindy; León, Noemi; Gabrielson, Paul W.; Wysor, Brian (2017)
    The marine flora of Panama harbors a rich diversity of green, red and brown algae,and despite chronic understudy, it is reported as the second most diverse marine flora along thePacific Central American coast, with 174 ...
  • Using eDNA to determine the source of organic carbon in seagrass meadows 

    Reef, Ruth; Atwood, Trisha B.; Samper Villarreal, Jimena; Adame, Maria Fernanda; Sampayo, Eugenia M.; Lovelock, Catherine E. (2017)
    Seagrasses sequester globally significant amounts of carbon (C), which is stored mainly in the sediment. BothC fixation by the seagrass (autochthonous) and the trapping of organic matter that is derived from outside ...
  • Eastern Pacific 

    Ruiz Robinson, Néstor Manuel; Fernández García, Cindy; Riosmena Rodríguez, Rafael; Rosas Alquicira, Edgar F.; Konar, Brenda; Chenelot, Heloise; Jewett, Stephen C.; Melzer, Roland R.; Meyer, Roland; Försterra, Günter; Häussermann, Vreni; Macaya, Erasmo C. (2017)
    In the Eastern Pacific (EP) the only region where rhodolith beds have been well studied in terms of taxonomy, ecology, distribution and conservation status is the Gulf of California. Outside this region the knowledge of ...
  • Coral Reef Conservation in the Eastern Tropical Pacific 

    Alvarado Barrientos, Juan José; Aburto Oropeza, Octavio; Abad Godoy, Rubén Darío; Barraza Sandoval, José Enrique; Brandt, Margarita; Cantera Kintz, Jaime Ricardo; Estrada, Priscilla; Gaymer, Carlos F.; Guzmán Mora, Ana Gloria; Herlan, James J.; Maté Touriño, Juan Laurentino (2017)
    This chapter reviews and evaluates coral reef conservation strategies along the eastern tropical Pacific (ETP), a narrow biogeographic region on the Pacific American coast that extends from southern Baja California, Mexico ...
  • Human Influences On Eastern Tropical Pacific Coral Communities and Coral Reefs 

    Cortés Núñez, Jorge; Reyes Bonilla, Héctor (2016)
    Coral reefs world-wide have been impacted by direct and indirect human activity and natural disturbances. This has led to the degradation and disappearance of many reef structures. On a basin-wide scale, the natural impact ...
  • Reef flattening effects on total richness and species responses in the Caribbean 

    Newman, Steven P.; Meesters, Erik H.; Dryden, Charlie S.; Williams, Stacey M.; Sánchez, Cristina; Mumby, Peter J.; Polunin, Nicholas V. C. (2015-09-06)
    1. There has been ongoing flattening of Caribbean coral reefs with the loss of habitat having severe implications for these systems. Complexity and its structural components are important to fish species richness and ...
  • Intra- and inter-annual variation in a seagrass meadow on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica: 2009-2015 

    Loría Naranjo, Margarita; Samper Villarreal, Jimena; Sandoval Siles, Marylaura; Cortés Núñez, Jorge (2018)
    Seagrass beds are an important ecosystem on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. At Cahuita National Park (CNP) a seagrass bed at Perezoso has been monitored continually since 1999 within the CARICOMP program. Thalassia ...
  • Polychaetes associated with decaying wood in Térraba mangrove, South Pacific, Costa Rica 

    Sibaja Cordero, Jeffrey Alejandro; Echeverría Sáenz, Silvia (2015)
    The present study shows spatial patterns in the faunal assemblage of decaying wood and sediments, with emphasis on the polychaetes. The survey was executed across a salinity gradient in a tropical mangrove estuary of Costa ...
  • Importance of differentiating Orbicella reefs from gorgonian plains for ecological assessments of Caribbean reefs 

    Williams, Stacey M.; Mumby, Peter J.; Chollett, Iliana; Cortés Núñez, Jorge (2015)
    Region-wide assessments of coral cover typically rely on meta-analyses of small-scale ecological studies which have combined different coral reef habitats. This is particularly problematic on forereefs where at least 2 ...
  • Widespread local chronic stressors in Caribbean coastal habitats 

    Chollett, Iliana; Collin, Rachel; Bastidas, Carolina; Cróquer, Aldo; Gayle, Peter M. H.; Jordán Dahlgren, Eric; Patterson, Heather M.; Koltes, Karen H.; Oxenford, Hazel A.; Rodríguez Ramírez, Alberto; Weil, Ernesto; Alemu I., Jahson B.; Bone, David; Buchan, Kenneth C.; Creary Ford, Marcia; Escalante Mancera, Edgar; Garzón Ferreira, Jaime; Guzmán Espinal, Héctor M.; Kjerfve, Björn; Klein Salas, Eduardo; McCoy, Croy; Potts, Arthur C.; Ruíz Rentería, Francisco; Smith, Struan R.; Tschirky, John J.; Cortés Núñez, Jorge (2017)
    Coastal ecosystems and the livelihoods they support are threatened by stressors acting at global and local scales. Here we used the data produced by the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity program (CARICOMP), the longest, ...
  • Global Human Footprint on the Linkage between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Reef Fishes 

    Mora, Camilo; Aburto Oropeza, Octavio; Ayala Bocos, Arturo; Ayotte, Paula M.; Banks, Stuart; Bauman, Andrew G.; Beger, Maria; Bessudo, Sandra; Booth, David J.; Brokovich, Eran; Brooks, Andrew; Chabanet, Pascale; Cinner, Joshua E.; Cortés Núñez, Jorge; Cruz Motta, Juan José; Cupul Magaña, Amilcar Levi; DeMartini, Edward E.; Edgar, Graham J.; Feary, David A.; Ferse, Sebastian C. A.; Friedlander, Alan M.; Gaston, Kevin J.; Gough, Charlotte; Graham, Nicholas A. J.; Green, Alison; Guzmán Espinal, Héctor M.; Hardt, Marah J.; Kulbicki, Michel; Letourneur, Yves; López Pérez, Andrés; Loreau, Michel; Loya, Yossi; Martínez Iglesias, Camilo Ernesto; Mascareñas Osorio, Ismael; Morove, Tau; Nadon, Marc Olivier; Nakamura, Yohei; Paredes Ríos, Gustavo; Polunin, Nicholas V. C.; Pratchett, Morgan S.; Reyes Bonilla, Héctor; Rivera, Fernando; Sala, Enric; Sandin, Stuart A.; Soler, German; Stuart Smith, Rick D.; Tessier, Emmanuel; Tittensor, Derek P.; Tupper, Mark; Usseglio, Paolo; Vigliola, Laurent; Wantiez, Laurent; Williams, Ivor; Wilson, Shaun K.; Zapata, Fernando A. (2011)
    Difficulties in scaling up theoretical and experimental results have raised controversy over the consequences of biodiversity loss for the functioning of natural ecosystems. Using a global survey of reef fish assemblages, ...
  • Marine Biodiversity in the Caribbean: Regional Estimates and Distribution Patterns 

    Miloslavich de Klein, Patricia; Díaz Merlano, Juan Manuel; Klein Salas, Eduardo; Alvarado Barrientos, Juan José; Díaz, Cristina; Gobin, Judith F.; Escobar Briones, Elva; Cruz Motta, Juan José; Weil, Ernesto; Cortés Núñez, Jorge; Bastidas, Carolina; Robertson, Ross; Zapata, Fernando A.; Martín Zazo, Alberto; Castillo, Julio; Kazandjian, Aniuska; Ortíz, Manuel (2010)
    This paper provides an analysis of the distribution patterns of marine biodiversity and summarizes the major activities of the Census of Marine Life program in the Caribbean region. The coastal Caribbean region is a large ...
  • Caribbean-Wide, Long-Term Study of Seagrass Beds Reveals Local Variations, Shifts in Community Structure and Occasional Collapse 

    van Tussenbroek, Brigitta I.; Cortés Núñez, Jorge; Collin, Rachel; Fonseca Escalante, Ana Cecilia; Gayle, Peter M. H.; Guzmán Espinal, Héctor M.; Jácome, Gabriel E.; Juman, Rahanna; Koltes, Karen H.; Oxenford, Hazel A.; Rodríguez Ramírez, Alberto; Samper Villarreal, Jimena; Smith, Struan R.; Tschirky, John J.; Weil, Ernesto; Hewitt, Judi (2014)
    The CARICOMP monitoring network gathered standardized data from 52 seagrass sampling stations at 22 sites (mostly Thalassia testudinum-dominated beds in reef systems) across the Wider Caribbean twice a year over the period ...
  • Marine biodiversity baseline for Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica: published records 

    Cortés Núñez, Jorge (2017)
    The diversity of tropical marine organisms has not been studied as intensively as the terrestrial biota worldwide. Additionally, marine biodiversity research in the tropics lags behind other regions. The 43,000 ha Sector ...
  • Macrofauna bentónica de las playas de arena del Área de Conservación Osa, Puntarenas, Pacífico Sur de Costa Rica 

    Corrales Ugalde, Marco; Sibaja Cordero, Jeffrey Alejandro (2015)
    Se describe la diversidad y composición de especies las playas de arena del Pacífico Sur de Costa Rica. En las playas de arena de la región, se colectó individuos de la infauna por medio de barrenos. Para la zona de entre ...
  • Feeding ecology of common demersal elasmobranch species in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica inferred from stable isotope and stomach content analyses 

    Espinoza Mendiola, Mario; Munroe, Samantha E. M.; Clarke, Tayler McLellan; Fisk, Aaron T.; Wehrtmann, Ingo S. (2015)
    Knowledge of the feeding ecology and trophic interactions of marine species is essential to understanding food web dynamics and developing ecosystem-based management approaches. Given that many top predatory fishes have ...

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