Save the trees to save the reefs

Jun. 5, 2013 by

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

Coral reefs ‘ruled by earthquakes and volcanoes’

May. 23, 2013 by

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)

Means conceal the focus of climate change biology

Feb. 13, 2013 by

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

Jan. 11, 2013 by

Making people care about climate change. Bill Moyers interview with Yale Professor, Anthony Leiserowitz (January 4 2013):

Calcification, Storm Damage and Population Resilience under Climate Change

Oct. 30, 2012 by

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

Biomechanics of coral reef substrate and implications for coral colony integrity

Sep. 23, 2012 by

The physical structure of coral reefs plays a critical role as a barrier to storm waves and tsunamis and as a habitat for living reef-building and reef-associated organisms. However, the mechanical properties of reef substrate (i.e. the non-living benthos) are

Coral reefs migrate south for the future

Jul. 5, 2012 by

Coral reef scientists have discovered four new tropical coral species not previously reported growing in southern locations. Published in the journal Coral Reefs, researchers say the discovery is part of a larger trend in reef-building corals moving southward along the