Tough reefs and doing nothing
On 7 March, this blog noted that the GCRA had made a classic paper available again. On 13 March, Doug Fenner wrote this to the coral list:
The Goreau paper is indeed a classic and a great introduction to coral reefs. I have used it in teaching many times and highly recommend it. It's great to have it available again. Many thanks! (interesting about the publication delay, didn't know that!)His response continues in the comment attached to this post
I wanted to just comment on the two paragraphs in the message about resilience. First, I don't think anyone suggests that coral reefs will always bounce back from any disturbance, no matter what we do. That's ridiculous. If people produce a chronic disturbance that badly damages a reef, then is the reef going to bounce back after an acute disturbance? No way. But, if a reef is totally undisturbed by humans, will it bounce back from a natural disturbance? Almost surely.