Josh is part of a new £5.7m John Templeton Foundation grant for The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis research initiative led by Professor Kevin Laland (University of St. Andrews). The large grant includes funding for our project, “Niche construction, plasticity and the
Spider orb-webs are the ultimate anti-ballistic devices, capable of dissipating the relatively massive kinetic energy of flying prey. Increased web size and prey stopping capacity have co-evolved in a number orb-web taxa, but the selective forces driving web size and
How much coral reef does the world have? [link]
Robotic torpedoes help map our corals on Great Barrier Reef [link]
The corals that build spectacular structures, like the Great Barrier Reef, can be killed in many different ways. Over the past few decades, the focus has been on extreme and rare events, such as tropical cyclones, thermal bleaching and outbreaks
Like worms. Time-lapse footage from Tom Hata’s [link] larval settlement work at Lizard Island last coral spawning (November 2013).
The Coral Trait Database is a growing compilation of scleractinian coral life history trait, phylogenetic and biogeographic data. As of this post, there are 87,314 coral observations with 95,828 trait entries for 1,555 coral species in the database. Most of