A recent review paper led by MBA researchers has provided the first global synthesis on the role of kelp species as habitat-forming organisms. The review demonstrates the many ways in which kelps offer biogenic structure and alter the environment for a vast array of associated flora and fauna, which promotes and maintains high biodiversity levels. The authors also examine current and predicted future threats to habitat-forming kelps and prioritise areas for further research needed to improve understanding of these critical marine habitats.
The paper can be found here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098117300540
Teagle, H., Hawkins, S.J., Moore, P.J. and Smale, D.A. (2017) ‘The role of kelp species as biogenic habitat formers in coastal marine ecosystems’, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, . doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.