Assessing the role of cladogenesis in macroevolution by integrating fossil and molecular evidence

Mar. 14, 2013 by

New species evolve via two mechanisms, cladogenesis and anagenesis. Cladogenesis represents the subdivision of a species into two, reproductively isolated, independently evolving forms; whereas anagenesis represent within species evolution. In a study published in PNAS we identify the extent to

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

Paper published in PLoS ONE

Mar. 31, 2012 by

Our paper titled “Do Behavioral Foraging Responses of Prey to Predators Function Similarly in Restored and Pristine Foodwebs?” has been published in PLoS ONE. This study compares coral reefs with different histories of fishing pressure in the Line Islands in

Highly cited in Ecological Modelling

Mar. 27, 2012 by

Maina’s paper, “Modelling susceptibility of coral reefs to environmental stress using remote sensing data and GIS models” (2008, 212:180-199) has been listed as one of the most cited articles published in the journal Ecological Modelling since 2007. Congrats Maina!

New paper published in JEB special issue

Feb. 15, 2012 by

The special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology, Biophysics, bioenergetics and mechanistic approaches to ecology, has been published with our paper titled “Integrating physiological and biomechanical drivers of population growth over environmental gradients on coral reefs.” From Inside JEB by