The life of fishes at the world’s smallest and isolated tropical island

Mar. 18, 2015 by

Reef fish communities have been intensely studied on large reef systems in the Caribbean Sea and Western Pacific regions, whereas communities on small and remote oceanic islands are still poorly understood. Logistical constraints imposed by remoteness limit fieldwork time and increase

Food quality and reef fish diversification

Jul. 18, 2014 by

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

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

Coral larvae time-lapse, like worms

May. 15, 2014 by

Like worms. Time-lapse footage from Tom Hata’s [link] larval settlement work at Lizard Island last coral spawning (November 2013).

Coral Trait Database beta two released

Mar. 24, 2014 by

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 wins best student presentation award

Jan. 20, 2014 by

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.