NCEASNational Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
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A key step of the NCEAS simulations is a computation on a large graph (or network) that represents the connectivity of the landscape.
Though initial data on planktonic periods suggested that most reserves might need to be hundreds or thousands of kilometers in diameter, the NCEAS analyses may now explain why even many tiny no-take zones seem to build large fish stocks: Their plankton don't wander far.
Lead author Mark Anthony Browne, a postdoctoral fellow at NCEAS, had two objectives when the study commenced: to look at whether chemicals from microplastic move into the tissues of organisms; and to determine any impacts on the health and the functions that sustain biodiversity.
The study highlights the centrepiece of their research collaboration with NCEAS - the formation of a global database called the Jellyfish Database Initiative (JEDI) - a community-based database project that is being used in the global analysis and to test the worthiness of the current paradigm.