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

Toni wins ACRS student presentation award

Sep. 6, 2013 by

Toni’s research on integrating coral life history trait data into species distribution models won a best student presentation award at the Australian Coral Research Society conference in Sydney last week.

Coral Trait Database beta

Aug. 27, 2013 by

The Coral Trait Database is a growing compilation of scleractinian coral life history trait, phylogenetic and biogeographic data. The database was initially a series of spreadsheet tables, but starting in 2013 this data is being transitioned into an online collaborative

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