Climate Change Promotes Parasitism In a Coral Symbiosis

Abstract: Coastal oceans are increasingly eutrophic, warm and acidic through the addition of anthropogenic nitrogen and carbon, respectively. Among the most sensitive taxa to these changes are scleractinian corals, which engineer the most biodiverse ecosystems on...

Corals in Healthy Populations Produce More Larvae Per Unit Cover

Abstract: In coral reef conservation and management, the prevailing metric of reef health is percent coral cover, a measurement commonly used with the assumption that each unit of live coral tissue has equivalent ecological value. Here we show that the reproductive...
Year in Review – 2017

Year in Review – 2017

Reflecting on the past year, there has never been a more critical time for effective coral reef management. In June of 2017, the world’s longest and most widespread bleaching event on record ended, with many reefs experiencing significant mortality. To address these...
Adaptation Design Tool Online Course Announcement

Adaptation Design Tool Online Course Announcement

This mentored course has already taken place, but you still find the Adaptation Design Tool self-paced course here. Ready to get practical with adapting your management activities in light of climate change, but wondering how to organize what can be a complicated...
Restoration Workshop Live Stream

Restoration Workshop Live Stream

This live stream of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Workshop at the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting was broadcast as part of the of Coral Restoration Consortium webinar series and features two panels highlighting research and restoration of sponge and coral...
Scientific Writing – Hawai‘i, 2015

Scientific Writing – Hawai‘i, 2015

A four-day writing workshop was held for Pacific Island coral reef managers from Hawaiʻi, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa who received mentorship from The Nature Conservancy’s former Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva and team of...

Seychelles – Coral Restoration

Reef Rescuers: Coral Gardening as an MPA Management Tool   Location Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles The challenge In 1998, the mass coral bleaching event, caused by the coupling of El Nino and the Indian Ocean Dipole, severely affected the reefs of the...
It’s not loo late for coral reefs

It’s not loo late for coral reefs

In a new article published today in the world’s leading academic journal, Science, Mark Spalding, Senior Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy looks at the broad issues surrounding the current situation of coral reefs and highlights points of hope. “There is...

U.S. Virgin Islands – Disturbance Response

The U.S. Virgin Islands BleachWatch Program   Location U.S. Virgin Islands The challenge In 2005, coral reefs throughout the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean were severely impacted by a mass coral bleaching event triggered by prolonged exposure to above normal...