High diversity on coral reefs: a very big game of rock-paper-scissors

Jul. 17, 2017 by

For a long time, scientists have wondered how a large number of species can live together while competing for a single, limiting resource. Why doesn’t a single species that is better at competing for the resource crowd out all the

Lost at sea: mum and dad build homes to keep baby corals close

May. 24, 2017 by

Coral larvae depend on their parents to create nooks and crannies for them so that they can stay, settle and re-establish after a reef has been damaged, according to new findings published this week. “Storms, floods, and coral bleaching damage

Sydney coral recovery is nature’s warning shot

Sep. 6, 2016 by

Our work with UTS monitoring Sydney Harbour’s temperate corals has found widespread recovery from the bleaching reported in April in response to cooler waters. Ongoing demography and physiological studies of the Sydney Harbour corals are providing much-needed information about how

Unravelling the mysteries of the ocean… with 3D scanning

Apr. 8, 2016 by

Kyle Zawada’s Ph.D. work on 3D scanning corals has been highlighted in a press release by Creaform. Kyle has spent much of the last two months at the Natural History Museum in London scanning coral skeletons from the collection there.

‘Twilight zone’ fish swim silently with forked tails

Jan. 20, 2016 by

An international team of researchers has identified a way to predict which reef fish can live across a greater range of depths, increasing their chances of surviving natural disasters such as cyclones and coral bleaching. Study lead author, Dr Tom

Robotic torpedoes help map our corals

May. 25, 2015 by

Robotic torpedoes help map our corals on Great Barrier Reef [link]

Global change pushing reef fishes towards their energetic limits

Jun. 18, 2014 by

A new study suggests that reef fish species may be hitting a ‘glass ceiling’ as water temperatures raise while reef predators receive substantial energy subsides from sources outside the reefs. An international team of researchers led by scientists at Macquarie