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

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

Lionfish found following the current trend

Jun. 28, 2013 by

In findings published today in the Marine Ecology Progress Series, researchers have found that ocean currents may explain why the Indo-Pacific lionfish Pterois volitans living in the Atlantic is yet to make its way to Brazil. Osmar Luiz, from Macquarie

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)

Collaborative research results in publication on coral reef fish latitudinal shifts

May. 1, 2013 by

An ongoing collaboration among researchers from the University of Technology of Sydney, University of Sydney and the Macquarie University, in Sydney, the James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, and the Kochi University in Japan, resulted