Local stressors act to reduce the resilience of corals to bleaching events

Researchers from SCRIPPS Oceanographic Institute have published an important article in the journal PLoS ONE, detailing research that confirms what has suspected for some time – that local stressors reduce the resilience of corals to bleaching events. Jessica Carilli and colleagues set out to test the hypothesis that chronic local stress reduces coral resistance and … Continue reading Local stressors act to reduce the resilience of corals to bleaching events

NOAA Coral Bleaching Outlook System Indicates Potential for High Level Coral Bleaching in the Caribbean and Parts of the Equatorial Pacific

Scientists from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Program are forecasting a significant potential for higher than normal thermal stress in the Caribbean, especially in the Lesser Antilles, through October 2009. Continued high water temperatures can lead to a high probability of significant coral bleaching and infectious coral disease outbreaks.  The forecast is based on the July … Continue reading NOAA Coral Bleaching Outlook System Indicates Potential for High Level Coral Bleaching in the Caribbean and Parts of the Equatorial Pacific

“Future protection of the oceans could lie in the past”

If we don’t know our history, then we can’t know our future. Historians arguing the relevance of their subject often repeat that mantra. But one group of researchers is showing how true it is. Members of the History of Marine Animals Project (HMAP) believe that scrutinizing the minutiae of historical documents is the key to protecting our oceans for generations to come. Continue reading “Future protection of the oceans could lie in the past”

Why the existence of ‘heat tolerant’ corals does not mean that coral reefs will be able to resist climate change.

A recent study published by Tom Oliver and Stephen Palumbi from Stanford University in the journal ‘Marine Ecology Progress Series‘ seems to suggest yet another miraculous and novel mechanism by which corals will ‘escape’ the pressures of global warming. In a nutshell, the researchers found that corals from ‘warm pools’ at Ofu Island (American Samoa) … Continue reading Why the existence of ‘heat tolerant’ corals does not mean that coral reefs will be able to resist climate change.

Doom and Boom on a Resilient Reef: Climate Change, Algal Overgrowth and Coral Recovery

Our lab has just published a new paper in PLoS ONE, detailing the interactions of coral and algae on the Great Barrier Reef, and uncovered just how resilient some reefs can be following coral bleaching events. The southern end of the Great Barrier Reef was exposed to extended periods of high sea surface temperatures in … Continue reading Doom and Boom on a Resilient Reef: Climate Change, Algal Overgrowth and Coral Recovery