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Cyclones can damage even distant reefs
Big and strong cyclones can harm coral reefs as far as 1000 kilometres away from their paths, new research shows. (2020-05-27)
Mysterious glowing coral reefs are fighting to recover
A new study by the University of Southampton has revealed why some corals exhibit a dazzling colorful display, instead of turning white, when they suffer 'coral bleaching' -- a condition which can devastate reefs and is caused by ocean warming. (2020-05-21)
How climate killed corals
A squad of climate-related factors is responsible for the massive Australian coral bleaching event of 2016. (2020-05-18)
Scientists successfully develop 'heat resistant' coral to fight bleaching
A team of scientists has successfully produced in a laboratory setting a coral that is more resistant to increased seawater temperatures. (2020-05-13)
Severe coral loss leaves reefs with larger fish but low energy turnover
Research on the Great Barrier Reef has found severe coral loss to be associated with substantial increases in the size of large, long-living herbivorous fish. (2020-05-06)
Long-term consequences of coastal development as bad as an oil spill on coral reefs
Oil pollution is known to cause lethal and sublethal responses on coral communities in the short-term, but its long-term effects have not been widely studied. (2020-04-29)
Warming climate undoes decades of knowledge of marine protected areas
A new study highlights that tropical coral reef marine reserves can offer little defence in the face of climate change impacts. (2020-04-24)
Iron deficiency in corals?
When iron is limited, the microalgae that live within coral cells change how they take in other trace metals, which could have cascading effects on vital biological functions and perhaps exacerbate the effects of climate change on corals. (2020-04-23)
Caribbean coral reef decline began in 1950s and 1960s from local human activities
Now, in a new paper in Science Advances, Cramer has combined fossil data, historical records, and underwater survey data to reconstruct the abundance of staghorn and elkhorn corals over the past 125,000 years. (2020-04-22)
Rising carbon dioxide levels will change marine habitats and fish communities
Researchers from the universities of Palermo (Italy), Tsukuba (Japan) and Plymouth (UK) showed that elevated dissolved CO2 conditions can lead to a 45% decrease of fish diversity. (2020-04-20)
HKU study unlocks the secret of corals' tolerance to climate change: Their diet
Researchers at School of Biological Sciences and Swire Institute of Marine Science, The University of Hong Kong have developed a new method for determining what corals eat, and demonstrated that reliance on certain nutritional sources underpins their bleaching susceptibility in warming oceans. (2020-04-15)
3D-printed corals provide more fertile ground for algae growth
Researchers have 3D-printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. (2020-04-09)
3D-printed corals could improve bioenergy and help coral reefs
Researchers have designed bionic 3D-printed corals that could help energy production and coral reef research. (2020-04-09)
Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleaching
The Great Barrier Reef is suffering through its worst bleaching event. (2020-04-07)
Coastal pollution reduces genetic diversity of corals, reef resilience
A new study by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect on the genetic composition of coral reef populations in Hawai'i. (2020-04-02)
Ocean deoxygenation: A silent driver of coral reef demise?
Authors of a new study published in Nature Climate Change say the threat of ocean deoxygenation has largely been ignored and asks the question: 'Are our coastal coral reefs slowly suffocating?' (2020-03-31)
Soft corals near Virgin Islands recover from hurricanes, but stony corals declining
Soft corals at three sites in the US Virgin Islands were able to recover from the destructive effects of nearly back-to-back Category 5 storms in 2017, but research by a UB marine ecologist puts that seemingly good news in the context of an ecosystem that is dramatically changing. (2020-03-16)
Coral reefs 'weathering' the pressure of globalization
More information about the effects human activities have on Southeast Asian coral reefs has been revealed, with researchers looking at how large-scale global pressures, combined with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern, can detrimentally impact these delicate marine ecosystems. (2020-03-11)
Scientists say it is time to save the red sea's coral reef
An international group of researchers led by Karine Kleinhaus, MD, of the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), calls upon UNESCO to declare the Red Sea's 4000 km of coral reef as a Marine World Heritage Site and recommends additional measures critical for the reef's survival. the study is published in Frontiers in Marine Sciences. (2020-03-05)
Research shows microplastics are damaging to coral ecosystems
Coral endosymbionts exposed to microplastics experience significant reduction in population size as well as cell size. (2020-03-05)
Reef-building coral exhibiting 'disaster traits' akin to the last major extinction event
A new study in Scientific Reports shows that stony corals, which provide food and shelter for almost a quarter of all ocean species, are preparing for a major extinction event. (2020-03-03)
Coral reefs in Turks and Caicos Islands resist global bleaching event
A study that relied on citizen scientists to monitor the health of corals on Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean from 2012 to 2018 found that 35 key coral species remained resilient during a 2014-17 global coral-bleaching event that harmed coral reefs around the world. (2020-03-03)
Nutrient pollution and ocean warming negatively affect early life of corals
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) found the survival and development of coral larvae in their first few days of life was negatively affected by elevated nutrients and a modest increase in water temperature. (2020-03-03)
Deep-sea coral gardens discovered in the submarine canyons off south Western Australia
Stunning 'gardens' of deep-sea corals have been discovered in the Bremer Canyon Marine Park by Australian and international scientists during an oceanographic expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's R/V Falkor. (2020-02-28)
Looking for local levers
Coral reefs are not doomed. Although human activities threaten the iconic ecosystems in many different ways, scientists maintain that reefs can continue to thrive with the right assistance. (2020-02-24)
Tools used to study human disease reveal coral disease risk factors
In a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of international researchers led by University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa postdoctoral fellow Jamie Caldwell used a statistical technique typically employed in human epidemiology to determine the ecological risk factors affecting the prevalence of two coral diseases--growth anomalies, abnormalities like coral tumors, and white syndromes, infectious diseases similar to flesh eating bacteria. (2020-02-20)
Fossils help identify a lone 'bright spot' in a similar state to coral reefs before human impact
Many Caribbean coral reefs are heavily degraded, yet their pre-human, natural states are often assumed or estimated using space-for-time substitution approaches. (2020-02-20)
Stressed corals set up progeny for a better life
First evidence that animal DNA methylation patterns can be passed to the next generation. (2020-02-19)
Warming, acidic oceans may nearly eliminate coral reef habitats by 2100
Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely meet serious challenges, according to new research presented today at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. (2020-02-17)
Algae team rosters could help ID 'super corals'
U.S. and Australian researchers have found a potential tool for identifying stress-tolerant ''super corals.'' In experiments that simulated climate change stress, researchers found corals that best survived had symbiotic algae communities with similar features. (2020-02-12)
NYUAD researchers find new method to allow corals to rapidly respond to climate change
For the first time, a team of marine biology and environmental genomics researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) have demonstrated that epigenetic modifications in reef-building corals can be transmitted from parents to their offspring. (2020-02-11)
HKU team identifies areas of top priority for deep-sea monitoring
Responses were collected from 112 leading deep-sea scientists around the world regarding deep-sea monitoring, conservation and management by an international research team. (2020-02-07)
Global cooling after nuclear war would harm ocean life
A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, according to the first study of its kind. (2020-02-05)
First-of-its-kind study examines toll of nuclear war on world's oceans
A new study reveals a previously unknown cost of nuclear war -- shifts in ocean chemistry that could have serious consequences for the world's coral reefs and other marine life. (2020-02-05)
Historical impacts of development on coral reef loss in the South China Sea
New research led by The University of Hong Kong, Swire Institute of Marine Science in collaboration with Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry highlights the historical impacts of development on coral reef loss in the South China Sea. (2020-01-29)
Bending with the wind, coral spawning linked to ocean environment
A research team from Tohoku University, Ochanomizu University, and the National Institute for Basic Biology have utilized modeling analysis to indicate that environmental factors act as a determinant in the timing of mass spawning. (2020-01-23)
Corals' partnership with microalgae helps in stressful times but there's a trade-off
In the warmer and brighter shallow waters of Kāne'ohe Bay, O'ahu Hawaiian rice coral host more heat-tolerant microbes in their tissues compared to rice coral communities in cooler and darker deep waters, according to research published recently by scientists at the University of Hawai'i. (2020-01-21)
Coral 'helper' stays robust under ocean acidification
A type of algae crucial to the survival of coral reefs may be able to resist the impacts of ocean acidification caused by climate change. (2020-01-21)
Large 'herbivores of the sea' help keep coral reefs healthy
Selective fishing can disrupt the delicate balance maintained between corals and algae in embattled Caribbean coral reefs. (2020-01-09)
How do corals make the most of their symbiotic algae?
Corals depend on their symbiotic relationships with the algae that they host. (2020-01-08)
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