A life reconstruction of Brindabellaspis stensioi, an unusual placoderm fish from the 400-million-year old Burrinjuck reef in New South Wales, Australia. Jason Art, Shenzhen, Author provided Coral reefs are well known today for their incredibly diverse and abundant marine life, including fish species ranging from delicate butterflyfish to huge humphead wrasse and ornate lionfish. Published today, my new paper written with […]

Coral reefs, like this one off the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean, ‘serve as natural, submerged breakwaters’ Loss of coral reefs around the world would double the damage from coastal flooding, and triple the destruction caused by storm surges, researchers said Tuesday. Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global […]

Deep drifts of Sargassum seaweed swept ashore on Guadeloupe in April. HELENE VALENZUELA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES In retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on beaches across the Caribbean, trapping sea turtles and filling the air with the stench of […]

High-latitude corals (Turbinaria reniformis). High-latitude corals can regulate their internal chemistry to grow under cooler temperatures. Credit: ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies/ Claire Ross Corals growing in high-latitude reefs in Western Australia can regulate their internal chemistry to promote growth under cooler temperatures, according to new research at the […]

An octopus tasting a camera. Pixabay We have to stop taking away Mother Nature’s achievements. Every time a creature is quirky or bizarre people say that it must be an alien, when the reality is that evolution is capable of creating some of the strangest, creepiest organisms you could ever fathom. This includes octopuses, which […]