New paper out testing how thermal variability affects key benthic predators

In this SciRep paper, we tested how different scales of thermal disturbance, from sinusoidal short-term cycles to seasonal and long-term temperature changes impact the sea star Asterias rubens and the crab Hemigrapsus takanoi, two key predators on dominant Western Baltic Sea mussel reefs.

We found strong impacts of long-term changes but sea stars also responded  to the very short-term thermal cycles, imposing additional stress to this species.



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