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The Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests

David R. Schiel and Michael S. Foster


The largest seaweed, giant kelp (Macrocystis) is the fastest growing and most prolific of all plants found on earth. Growing from the seafloor and extending along the ocean surface in lush canopies, giant kelp provides an extensive vertical habitat in a largely two-dimensional seascape. It is the foundation for one of the most species-rich, productive, and widely distributed ecological communities in the world. This review takes the reader from Darwin's early observations to contemporary research, providing a historical perspective for the modern understanding of giant kelp evolution, biogeogr ... More

Keywords: Macrocystis, kelp, seaweed, seafloor, seascape, kelp evolution, biogeography, kelp species, kelp conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520278868
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520278868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David R. Schiel, author
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Michael S. Foster, author
San Jose State University