Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 20 Issue 03

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Volume 20, No. 3
Pages 80 - 89

Population Connectivity and Larval Dispersal Using Geochemical Signatures in Calcified Structures

Simon R. Thorrold Danielle C. Zacherl Lisa A. Levin
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The importance of larval dispersal to the population dynamics and biogeography of marine organisms has been recognized for almost a century (Hjort, 1914; Thorson, 1950). More recently, theoretical studies have highlighted the role that connectivity may play in determining the resilience of marine populations (Hastings and Botsford, 2006). Effective spatial management of marine capture fisheries, including the design of marine reserve networks, also requires an understanding of population connectivity (Sale et al., 2005). However, remarkably few empirical estimates of larval dispersal or population connectivity in ocean environments exist.


Thorrold, S.R., D.C. Zacherl, and L.A. Levin. 2007. Population connectivity and larval dispersal using geochemical signatures in calcified structures. Oceanography 20(3):80–89, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2007.31.