Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Fellow







503Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






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author = {Vercammen, A and McGowan, J and Knight, AT and Pardede, S and Muttaqin, E and Harris, J and Ahmadia, G and Estradivari and Dallison, T and Selig, E and Beger, M},
doi = {10.1111/ddi.12957},
journal = {Diversity and Distributions},
pages = {1564--1574},
title = {Evaluating the impact of accounting for coral cover in large-scale marine conservation prioritizations},
url = {},
volume = {25},
year = {2019}

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AB - AimMegadiverse coral reef ecosystems are declining globally, necessitating conservation prioritizations to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services of sites with high functional integrity to promote persistence. In practice however, the design of marineprotected area (MPA) systems often relies on broad classifications of habitat class and size, making the tacit assumption that all reefs are of comparable condition. We explored the impact of this assumption through a novel, pragmatic approach for incorporating variability in coral cover in a largescale regional spatial prioritization plan.LocationThe Coral Triangle.MethodsWe developed a spatially explicit predictive model of hard coral cover based on freely available macroecological data to generate a complete regional map of coral cover as a proxy for reef condition. We then incorporate this information in spatial conservation prioritization software Marxan to design an MPA system that meets specific conservation objectives.ResultsWe discover prioritizations using areabased representation of reef habitat alone may overestimate the conservation benefit, defined as the amount of hard coral cover protected, by up to 64%. We find substantial differences in conservation priorities and an overall increase in habitat quality metrics when accounting for predicted coral cover.Main conclusionsThis study shows that including habitat condition in a largescale marine spatial prioritization is feasible within time and resource constraints, and calls for increased implementation, and evaluation, of such ecologically relevant planning approaches to enhance potential conservation effectiveness.
AU - Vercammen,A
AU - McGowan,J
AU - Knight,AT
AU - Pardede,S
AU - Muttaqin,E
AU - Harris,J
AU - Ahmadia,G
AU - Estradivari
AU - Dallison,T
AU - Selig,E
AU - Beger,M
DO - 10.1111/ddi.12957
EP - 1574
PY - 2019///
SN - 1366-9516
SP - 1564
TI - Evaluating the impact of accounting for coral cover in large-scale marine conservation prioritizations
T2 - Diversity and Distributions
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VL - 25
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