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

Congratulations Toni

Dec. 1, 2016 by

Hello Dr. Mizerek! Toni’s has been officially awarded her PhD for her thesis about using species traits to understand reef coral distributions and responses to stress.

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.

Unravelling the extinction risk of poorly-known groupers

Mar. 30, 2016 by

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List classifies species into categories of risk of extinction. Assessments are mostly based on quantitative data and evaluate if the population of a given species is either declining or stable. Species

John Templeton Foundation grant awarded

Mar. 29, 2016 by

Josh is part of a new £5.7m John Templeton Foundation grant for The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis research initiative led by Professor Kevin Laland (University of St. Andrews). The large grant includes funding for our project, “Niche construction, plasticity and the