Pacific Ocean: Pacific Ocean
Pattern and process of coral-reef adaptation: Remote sensing, environmental genetics, and a laboratory model system for testing climate-change effects on coral
It is currently impossible to predict the environmental impacts of climate change on reef corals because the ability of corals and symbiotic species (symbionts) is virtually unknown. This research will generate data that will allow researchers to develop a powerful understanding of coral-symbiont responses to environmental change, allowing us to better plan conservation strategies to accommodate such responses. Read more, look at photos and watch videos about related research at oceansciencenow.wordpress.com
Understanding the effects of fishing on coral reef ecosystems: An interdisciplinary approach
Coral reefs are highly diverse and valuable marine ecosystems that are increasingly threatened by overexploitation. This project unites the expertise of anthropologists, biogeochemists, and ecologists to improve our understanding of how fishing affects the ecology of coral reefs. We will measure the direct and indirect ecological impacts of fishing on reefs of the Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, quantify human uses of coral reef resources, and examine how fishing may alter the connections between coral reefs and their neighboring habitats. Understanding the processes and mechanisms by which people affect our threatened and valuable coral reef ecosystems via fishing is prerequisite for developing solutions to address this critical environmental issue.