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Need Another Reason to Conserve Mangrove Habitats? Think about Your Economy.

Mangroves are a very important ecosystem, and yet they are one of the most threatened and fastest disappearing. Since 1980, between 20 and 35% of mangrove area has been cleared, largely to accommodate coastal development and aquaculture.1 As seen in Figure … Continue reading

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Sponges and Christmas Tree Worms and Corals, Oh My!

We’ve arrived at the last installment of my blog series on colors and coral reefs! I’ve talked about coral pigmentation in relation to coral bleaching and coral reef fish colors, also in relation to coral bleaching. In this post, I’m … Continue reading

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: How Reef Fish See Color and Why Fish Coloration is Ecologically Relevant

In my last blog post, I promised that I would discuss the importance of coral reef fishes’ colors and patterns. So, this post will be entirely about reef fish! First, I’ll share some research that examines how coral reef fish … Continue reading

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Mangroves: Their Importance on Both Reef Species’ and Human’s Environments

When situated near coral reefs, mangroves affect the reef communities in many interesting ways. Mangroves are trees that can grow in environments with poor oxygen content. Mangroves can grow in fresh, brackish, and salt water. The term ‘mangrove’ does not … Continue reading

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Diverse Colors in Coral Reef Ecosystems: More Than What Meets the Eye

Aesthetically, I think we can agree that as ecosystems go, coral reefs are not too shabby. Coral reefs are characteristically colorful and visually dynamic, and coral reef ecosystems are brimming with diverse, multi-colored fish. The photo below captures just one … Continue reading

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