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’ […]

Doctoral student Ethan Cissell researched coral reefs in Bonaire. Credit: Ethan Cissell Researchers are learning more about the brightly colored bacterial mats threatening the ecological health of coral reefs worldwide. In new research released this month, a Florida State University team revealed that these mats are more complex than scientists […]

The reef at North Rock, Bermuda, similar to the reef (Sea Venture Shoals) where coral fragments were collected for this study. Credit: Stacy Peltier New research shows that pulses of cooler deep water reduced heat stress responses in corals. The risk of severe coral bleaching—a condition in which corals lose […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The most successful and cost-effective ways to restore coral reefs have been identified by an international group of scientists, after analyzing restoration projects in Latin America. The University of Queensland’s Dr. Elisa Bayraktarov led the team that investigated 12 coral reefrestoration case studies in five countries. “Coral […]

Global survey reveals sharks are functionally extinct on many of the world’s reefs, but hope lies in key conservation measures. Though many people find them intimidating, menacing or just plain scary, sharks are vital to the health of the world’s oceans. These often misunderstood creatures are found in just about […]

A deep-sea soft coral garden habitat has been discovered in Greenlandic waters by scientists. Credit: UCL A deep-sea soft coral garden habitat has been discovered in Greenlandic waters by scientists from UCL, ZSL and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, using an innovative and low-cost deep-sea video camera built and deployed […]

Animation In a study published recently in Ecology and Evolution, an international team of researchers focused on what can happen to ocean ecosystems when fishing pressure increases or decreases, and how this differs between tropical to temperate marine ecosystems. The team, led by Elizabeth Madin, researcher at the Hawai’i Institute of […]