Mass Coral Bleaching in 2010 in the Southern Caribbean

The authors, Alemu and Clement, monitored the bleaching response at 3 sites across Tobago during a bleaching event in 2010. The purpose was to find nodes of reef resilience in Tobago by identifying taxa resilient to bleaching. This will assist local coral reef...

Do Some Corals Like It Hot?

The Adaptive Bleaching Hypothesis is a controversial theory that states that stress resistant coral-zooxanthellae associations can develop from frequent and severe environmental stress. This hypothesis is reviewed and future directions for research are suggested....

A Framework for Comparing Coral Bleaching Thresholds

The authors found that the “MMMmax” method for predicting bleaching has the highest predictive power at all spatial and temporal resolutions.Coral reef managers who subscribe to NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch can better rely on real-time bleaching alerts. Author: Logan,...

Coral Reefs Under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean Acidification

Levels of atmospheric CO2 continues to rise and threaten coral reefs globally. This is because atmospheric CO2 reacts with water in the ocean to produce carbonic acid which in turn forms bicarbonate ions that react with carbonate ions to produce more bicarbonate ions...

Heterotrophic Plasticity and Resilience in Bleached Corals

This paper aims to understand the mechanisms responsible for differential success of various coral species after bleaching. The following species were examined: branching corals including Montipora capitata and Porites compressa, and the mounding coral Porites lobata....

Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching

A comprehensive overview and synthesis of coral bleaching and potential effects of climate change, discussions regarding the meaning of resistance and resilience, and future research opportunities are presented here. This papers reviews initiatives that are working on...

Coral Reef Recovery Dynamics in a Changing World

The authors quantitatively reviewed the literature (55 studies in total) on the recovery rates of coral reef ecosystems from acute disturbance events among 48 different reef locations (from western Indian Ocean, to eastern Pacific and the Caribbean) and assessed which...

Most Corals May Not Change Their Symbionts

This paper tests the hypothesis that corals can adapt to climate change by exchanging algal types. Data from 43 studies including 442 coral species (stony coral and octocoral) documents that only a minority of coral species are able to change symbionts. The majority...

Genomic Basis for Coral Resilience to Climate Change

This research study seeks to explain coral resilience to heat stress by looking at differences in genes that are expressed in heat tolerant (resilient) versus heat sensitive corals (of the same species). Authors simulated bleaching stress and used DNA-sequencing to...
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