Scientists want to rescue reefs and protect Miami with tougher breeds of staghorn coral

Credit: CC0 Public Domain It was a marvelous night for coral sex. Warm waters bathed the reef a mile off Key Biscayne. A nearly full moon signaled to staghorn polyps that the time was right. A team of eager University of Miami scientists and student divers waited underwater, nets ready to collect a flurry of … Read more

Coral reproductive capacity decreases with water depth

Credit: Tom Shlesinger A new Tel Aviv University study, in collaboration with the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, has found that coral spawning events in the Gulf of Aqaba and Eilat, Red Sea, at the deep end of the focal species’ depth range (~30 –45 m) occur at much lower intensities than those … Read more

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached

In this photo supplied by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), a diver swims past coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Oct. 18, 2016. More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed in 2022 was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest coral … Read more

Coral reefs provide stunning images of a world under assault

Marine biologist Colin Foord looks out into the boat channel after snorkeling along a rock wall, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at PortMiami in Miami. Foord and JD McKay have been on a 15-year mission to raise awareness about dying coral reefs with a company that presents the issue through science and art, including livestreams of … Read more

Understanding how sunscreens damage coral

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain You can love something to death. That is one way of thinking about a new Stanford University study that reveals how a common component of many sunscreens worn by coral reef-exploring tourists may hasten the demise of these endangered ecosystems. The surprising findings, published May 6 in Sciencecould help guide the … Read more

Discovery about coral-algal symbiosis could help coral reefs recover after bleaching events

Fluorescence image of coral Acropora juvenile polyps hosting the symbiotic Symbiodiniaceae (Breviolum minutum) algae, shown as red dots. Green color is the endogenous green fluorescence from corals. Credit: Robert Jinkerson/Tingting Xiang Corals are keystone species for reef and marine ecosystems but coral bleaching due to climate change and ocean warming is killing them. A new … Read more

Reforming coral reefs using 3D printing

The workflow of 3D interface, starting with data collection using molecular tools and 3D imaging. Next, the translation of 3D reef structure based on the reef’s biodiversity and core characteristics to generate a design for the 3D printer, followed by the evaluation of the reef reformation goals using the molecular and 3D imaging evaluation toolkit. … Read more