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Can We Help Corals Evolve to Survive Global Warming?

With ocean temperatures rising and coral bleaching events becoming more and more common, attempts to reduce or reverse climate change may seem to be too little too late, and we are left wondering if there is anything that can be … Continue reading

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What Next for Deep Water Corals?

So deep water coral reefs are a thing, and they’re being threatened by human action, but what comes next? We are far from knowing everything about these hidden forests of biodiversity and even farther from adequately protecting them from the … Continue reading

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Can Climate Change Cause Diseases in Our Coral Reefs?

Corals are living organisms and as such they are susceptible to diseases. High temperatures can affect the severity of diseases. High temperature is a stressor and as such it can decrease an organisms immune response and increase the virulence of … Continue reading

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Conserving the Treasures of the Deep: How and Why Deep Water Reefs Should Be Conserved

Coral reefs around the world are changing. Human’s detrimental impact on the world’s reefs through nutrient runoff, ocean acidification, physical damage, and rising sea temperatures and levels are threatening the diversity and even existence of many coral reefs. While this is readily … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis or Osteo-porites: Can corals cure bone disease?

When people think about medical advancements, their minds often revert to rare chemicals and intricate biochemical reactions (at least mine does). In my last blog post, I talked a lot about how some coral reef organisms are able to produce … Continue reading

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Heating Up the Reefs

Because they are among the most diverse ecosystems, coral reefs are essential to thousands of oceanic species, and people also rely on them for food, protection and even income1.  It seems to be common knowledge that climate change is having … Continue reading

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Hidden Forests: Deep Water Reefs

When you think of coral reefs, you probably think of a tropical locale with white sand beaches and warm waters which contain a colorful array of coral species, home to a diverse group of fish, algae, sponges and more.  But what … Continue reading

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Out of the Frying Pan… The Future of America’s Barrier Reef

For the past two months, I’ve been following coral reefs in the Florida Keys (the only barrier reef on the continental U.S.) as record-breaking sea temperatures persist globally. Corals in the Keys experienced the harshest conditions and bleaching in August – September … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Destruction: a Future for the Corals in the Great Barrier Reef

This past month brought a lot of bad news with a slight silver lining to the corals in the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, the bleaching we were starting to see at the time of my last entry only continued, worsened, … Continue reading

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The latest from Kenya’s reefs: almost in the clear

It’s mid-April now people. Where exactly are Kenya’s reefs in the current worldwide bleaching event? According to the Coral bleaching response guide 2016 (Western Indian Ocean) that was put together by CORDIO’s East Africa director, David Obura, we should be … Continue reading

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