Signs of resilience in pacific coral reefs

It is truly uplifting to find any positive news about the state of the worlds’ coral reefs anywhere.  A resent research survey found that the reefs around Phoenix Island, a region halfway between Fiji and Hawaii, were teaming with healthy coral.  These corals had previously been devastated in 2003, and had been slow to recover.  Scientists were worried that the recent record high temperatures that have otherwise been devastating for pacific coral, particularly on the Great Barrier Reef, would be likewise deadly for these reefs.  The exciting findings of healthy reefs and recovered coral, despite these intense environmental conditions, suggests that these reefs are resilient in ways that others are not. One working hypothesis is that, reefs that experience hit with high levels of damage, but do not totally die, become more resilient when they recover.  We can only hope this hypothesis has some weight to it.

By | 2016-10-01T14:44:04-05:00 October 1st, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Coral, Current Events, Global change|1 Comment

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Jacob Allgeier
I am an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter how ecosystems function and the services that they provide. A central focus of my research is understanding how changes in biodiversity affect the flow of nutrients and energy in ecosystems. Most of this research takes place in tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. I am an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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    Dawn Wetzel-Nielsen October 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Great news!

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