Toni’s research on integrating coral life history trait data into species distribution models won a best student presentation award at the Australian Coral Research Society conference in Sydney last week.
The Coral Trait Database is a growing compilation of scleractinian coral life history trait, phylogenetic and biogeographic data. The database was initially a series of spreadsheet tables, but starting in 2013 this data is being transitioned into an online collaborative
Conservation projects to reverse current deforestation could also benefit coastal coral reef ecosystems. This new finding could potentially extend the impacts of limited conservation resources, as reported in Nature Communications this week. Led by Joseph Maina, the work suggests that
Titanic forces in the Earth’s crust explain why the abundance and richness of corals varies dramatically across the vast expanse of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, a world-first study from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS)
Biologists have all read papers or sat through seminars about the biological consequences of climate change and seen a figure like the one here (without the dots). A traditional variance-style test and standard error bars show that a climate change
Making people care about climate change. Bill Moyers interview with Yale Professor, Anthony Leiserowitz (January 4 2013):
In a study published in PLOS ONE, we explore two facets of climate change expected to detrimentally affect reef-building organisms by increasing their mortality rates and decreasing their calcification rates: increased tropical storm intensity and ocean acidification. We find that