Daily grind shapes coral death

Jun. 4, 2014 by

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

Taking over the oceans: adult fish characteristics predict a species’ dispersal

Sep. 26, 2013 by

As fish disperse to find new habitats, scientists have developed a new model to judge a species’ success in colonising new places. The study, published this week on PNAS (open access), has shown some surprising results, suggesting that success can

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)

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):

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

Mapping coral reef exposure risk

Mapping coral reef exposure risk

Aug. 13, 2011 by

Maina’s paper mapping the exposure of reefs around the world to different environmental stresses has been published in PLoS ONE [pdf].  Science has a commentary on the piece here. The paper has also appeared as a Research Highlight in Nature