Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Excessive nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, have devastating effects on coastal marine ecosystems by causing algal blooms that deplete oxygen in the water, killing marine life. Such nutrients can enter the sea in wastewater or run-off from agricultural land. However, a new review in open-access […]

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 […]

Climate change is changing already extreme nursery environments for baby blacktip reef sharks. Credit: Tom Vierus, www.tomvierus.com Scientists can now explain how baby reef sharks tolerate living in the sometimes-extreme environments of their nurseries — but, they also say these habitats face an uncertain future which may leave newborn sharks […]

A bleached coral in Hawaii. Without rapid intervention, coral reefs will continue to degrade, resulting in what may be the first human-caused loss of an entire biome. Credit: Greg Asner Global average sea surface temperatures have risen at unprecedented rates for the past three decades, with far-reaching consequences for coral […]

Dimitris Siskopoulos/Wiki commonc, CC BY-SA Let’s turn back the hands of time. Before extinction knocked dinosaurs off their pillar, before the “Great Dying” extinction wiped out 95% of all organisms – we had the Paleozoic Era. During this age in Earth’s history, between 541 million and 252 million years ago, arthropods […]