(full paper is archived in the Miller Library)
Title: Competition for space among colonial ascidians in the rocky intertidal of Pacific Grove, California
Student Author(s): Toolson, Rene
Faculty Advisor(s): Baxter, Chuck
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1981
Abstract: In the rocky intertidal regions of the mid-California coast, full untilizaiton of all available space by competing algae and invertebrates, both solitary and colonial, shows the importance of space in the community. That so many competitors here are colonial gives reason to believe they are successful. The purpose of this study was to examine the competitve associations between colonial ascidians at Cabrillo Point and evaluate competitve growth forms in order to determine a relationship between structure and competitive strategy. Finally, growth forms were evaluated according to their competitive abilities.