Stylophora pistillata, a common stony coral in the Indo-Pacific. Credit: Kevin Wyman/Rutgers University Scientists’ findings suggest corals will withstand climate change. Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who championed the theory of evolution, noted that corals form far-reaching structures, largely made of limestone, that surround tropical islands. He didn’t know how […]

Researchers Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert on a collection dive. Credit: © David Whillas Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments. In recent years, advancements in DNA sequencing have exposed a large amount of hidden diversity in reef-building […]

Plankton-feeding fishes often dominate the fish assemblage on oceanic coral reefs. Credit: Dr. Christina Skinner Study reveals open ocean waters once assumed to be unproductive are in fact teeming with an abundance of life on coral reefs. Since Charles Darwin’s day, the abundance of life on coral reefs has been […]

Māori wrasse are large, colorful fish that can be found on the Great Barrier Reef. In a ground-breaking new study, scientists used innovative molecular techniques to explain how corals on the east coast of Australia survived previous tough conditions—enabling the Great Barrier Reef to become the vast reef it is […]

Montastraea spawning, Philippines. Credit: James R. Guest Efforts to understand when corals reproduce have been given a boost thanks to a new resource that gives scientists open access to more than forty years’ worth of information about coral spawning. Led by researchers at Newcastle University, UK, and James Cook University, […]

The rice coral Montipora capitata in waters near the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology on Moku o Loʻe in Kāne’ohe Bay, Hawaii. Credit: D. Bhattacharya How to Identify Heat-Stressed Corals Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection […]

Coral reefs, such as Los Jardines de la Reina, pictured, have microbes that may help protect the coral against certain nutrient imbalances. Credit: Robert Walker The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads. Corals have evolved over millennia to live, and even thrive, in waters with few […]

A unique stress experiment aligned deoxygenation stress to the natural night-day cycle of common reef-building corals from The Great Barrier Reef. Credit: Morgan Bennett-Smith Ocean deoxygenation is now being recognized as major threat to future global coral reef survival. Oxygen is life, in or out of the water, raising concerns […]

A high-power microscopic image of the skeleton from Turbinaria peltata shows a pattern of both ion-attachment (in blue) and nanoparticle attachment (in green) of new minerals to the skeleton, indicating that both systems are used to build coral skeletons. Credit: Courtesy of Pupa Gilbert Coral reefs are vibrant communities that […]

Mikaela Nordborg/Australian Institute of Marine Science, Author provided Genetic engineering has already cemented itself as an invaluable tool for studying gene functions in organisms. Our new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, now demonstrates how gene editing can be used to pinpoint genes involved in corals’ […]