Predator diversity in the kelp forest

A couple of weeks ago, as I was listening to NPR on my morning dog walk, the reporters began talking about a familiar system to me – the kelp forests of California! Quickly catching my attention, I realized that the radio story was largely summarizing the results of a recent study published in Communications Biology from a team of researchers based out of UC Santa Cruz.

Dead Castles in the Sea

The compositional structure of these "dead castles" I work in are common throughout the Caribbean Sea, and although they have been heavily impacted by local and global anthropogenic impacts, I imagine they represent what the average person would envision a coral reef to look like: shallow, accessible by snorkel and colorful with a lot of light.