Response to Comment on Trophic strategy and bleaching resistance in reef-building corals

TitleResponse to Comment on Trophic strategy and bleaching resistance in reef-building corals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsConti-Jerpe IE, Thompson PD, Wong CWM, Oliveira NL, Duprey NN, Moynihan MA, Baker DM
JournalScience Advances
Volume7
Issue23
Date Published06/2021
Other NumbersArticle number: eabi8666
Abstract

Recently, we published a novel method used to assess the trophic niches of different coral species and demonstrated that their nutrition varied considerably, with some species highly dependent on their photosynthetic algal symbionts and others able to feed on plankton to meet energetic requirements. Adjustments to the use of this tool are necessary when it is applied to other scientific questions and symbiotic organisms. We respond to a comment highlighting a risk of bias in the methods, discuss suggested adjustments, and propose further refinements to improve method robustness.

DOI10.1126/sciadv.abi8666