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Marine Biodiversity

Marine Biodiversity

Editor-in-Chief: Pedro Martínez Arbizu

ISSN: 1867-1616 (print version)
ISSN: 1867-1624 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12526

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Alexander von Humboldt Memorial Prize

The Prize 

On the evening of May 19, the prize for the best academic article in a Senckenberg publication was awarded: The 6000-euro Alexander von Humboldt Memorial Prize 2014 was presented for the 22nd time. The winners, Zarinah Waheed and Dr. B. W. (Bert) Hoeksema, co-authored the article “A tale of two winds: species richness patterns of reef corals around the Semporna peninsula,” published in the journal “Marine Biodiversity” in 2013.

The Authors 

Both authors work at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, a natural history museum with a collection of ca. 10 million zoological and geological exhibits. Dr. B. W. (Bert) Hoeksema heads the Marine Zoology department there and is engaged in field research in the coral reefs of the Indo-West Pacific and the Caribbean. Zarinah Waheed is attached to the Borneo Marine Research Institute at Universiti Malaysia Sabah and her doctoral thesis focuses on coral reef ecology.

The Article  

The article combines data gathered on the diversity of coral species with an environmental perspective; various aspects are examined in the subsequent detailed discussion. It addresses research into the species richness patterns of corals around the Semporna peninsula (Malaysia). Five different reef habitats at a total of 69 sites were analyzed in order to document the structure of the colonies and the diversity of their corals. A total of 90 coral species were identified. The authors confirm the greatest species diversity for the family Fungiidae (44 species) in the Coral Triangle, the world’s most species-rich coral region. Using multivariate statistics, the authors were able to define two colonies with environmentally variable structures, which are primarily affected by their relative exposure to winds. As the wind energy decreases from the outer reef to the lagoon reef, so too does the species diversity.
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    Marine Biodiversity is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to all aspects of biodiversity research in marine ecosystems. Marine Biodiversity considers original research papers, reviews, short notes and two-page news (Oceanarium) on taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny of any kind of marine organisms, on biogeography, morphological and genetic diversity, distribution of species, diversity patterns and gradients, co-existence of species and species interactions, processes and factors influencing community structure, structure and function of marine ecosystems, and present and historical use of marine biodiversity by human populations. Additional scope of the journal includes models and concepts explaining any aspect of species co-existence and species distribution, and descriptions of new methods to improve biodiversity research and species inventories. However, new records of distributions of individual species will not be considered for publication, unless high implications for biogeography or ecosystem structure and functioning can be demonstrated.

    Marine Biodiversity specially encourages contributions dealing with the understanding of the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity in marine systems and the role of species in structuring marine ecosystem functioning.

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