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
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 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
Marcela has been awarded the Science for Management Award by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, to work on her PhD project, Understanding Soft Coral Population Viability in the Face of Climate Change.
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
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!