The big disparities in species richness among evolutionary lineages have been fascinating and challenging scientists since Darwin’s time. Although geographical factors have been traditionally thought to promote speciation, the importance of ecological interactions as one of the drivers of diversification
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
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
Like worms. Time-lapse footage from Tom Hata’s [link] larval settlement work at Lizard Island last coral spawning (November 2013).
The Coral Trait Database is a growing compilation of scleractinian coral life history trait, phylogenetic and biogeographic data. As of this post, there are 87,314 coral observations with 95,828 trait entries for 1,555 coral species in the database. Most of
Diego’s research on scaling metabolism from individuals to reef-fish communities won the first prize for ‘best student presentation‘ at the The International Biogeography Society Early Career Conference 2014 in Canberra.
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