The red coral in the middle of this image is a staghorn coral, or A. millepora. Credit: Mikhail Matz Using genetic samples and computer simulations, evolutionary biologists have made a glass-half-full forecast: Corals in the Great Barrier Reef have enough genetic variation to adapt to and survive rising ocean temperatures for […]

The different color morphs of Acropora millepora, each exhibiting a bleaching response during mass coral bleaching event. Credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ GergelyTorda A new study published online today in Nature shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave […]

Seagrass meadows in the vast Indonesian archipelago. Credit: Dr. Richard Unsworth Research led by Swansea University’s Bioscience department have found that the world’s centre of biodiversity is under widespread threat of losing a key marine resource. Writing about the findings in the recent Science of the Total Environment journal, researchers examined the […]

A juvenile blue tang swims amid staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). Credit: Mark Ladd Global declines of coral reefs—particularly in the Caribbean—have spurred efforts to grow corals in underwater nurseries and transplant them to enable recovery. However, current approaches rarely incorporate the key ecological reef processes critical to facilitating restoration and improving […]

Maunalua Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Credit: Florybeth La Valle, HIMB/ UH SOEST Groundwater that seeps into the coastal zone beneath the ocean’s surface—termed submarine groundwater discharge (SGD)—is an important source of fresh water and nutrients to nearshore coral reefs throughout the globe. Although submarine groundwater is natural, it can act as […]