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Warming Impedes a Coral Defense, but Hungry Fish Enhance It

October 3, 2019

Corals create potions that fight bacterial attackers, but warming appears to tip the scales against the potions as…
Hope for coral recovery may depend on good parenting

September 20, 2019

The fate of the world’s coral reefs could depend on how well the sea creatures equip their offspring…
Breakdown in Coral Spawning Places Species at Risk of Extinction

September 6, 2019

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. But due to climate change…
Depleted seamounts near Hawaii recovering after decades of protection

August 14, 2019

For decades, overfishing and trawling — dragging the ocean bottom with heavy nets — devastated parts of an…
Saving coral: New guidelines to protect and preserve Caribbean coral

July 29, 2019

A consortium of coral experts published new guidelines that could help corals in the Caribbean adapt to warmer,…
Researchers identify genetic pathway that could enhance survival of coral

July 9, 2019

Three researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have made a groundbreaking discovery that could enhance the…
Investigating coral and algal “matchmaking” at the cellular level

June 20, 2019

What factors govern algae’s success as “tenants” of their coral hosts both under optimal conditions and when oceanic…
Coral bleaching causes a permanent change in fish life

June 19, 2019

Repeat coral bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures has resulted in lasting changes to fish communities, according to a new…
Understanding relationship break-ups to protect the reef

May 14, 2019

Unravelling the secrets of the relationship between coral and the algae living inside it will help prevent coral…
Coral Spa Treatment

March 22, 2019

Hot water means bleaching coral. Scientists have known this for a long time. So it stands to reason…
How coral bleaching threatens Caribbean communities

February 22, 2019

Climate change is fueling coral bleaching throughout the tropics, with potentially devastating consequences on coral reef ecosystems and…
The flip side of a reef: Coral, seaweed — or both?

February 18, 2019

Find related stories on NSF’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program at this link. Tropical reefs can change their composition from…
‘Twilight Zone’ could help preserve shallow water reefs

February 6, 2019

Corals lurking in deeper, darker waters could one day help to replenish shallow water reefs under threat from…
When Coral Species Vanish, Their Absence Can Imperil Surviving Corals

February 4, 2019

Waves of annihilation have beaten coral reefs down to a fraction of what they were 40 years ago,…
Thriving reef fisheries continue to provide food despite coral bleaching

November 30, 2018

Reef fisheries can continue to provide food and income despite corals being lost to climate change, according to…
Fish give up the fight after coral bleaching

October 23, 2018

Researchers found that when water temperatures heat up for corals, fish ‘tempers’ cool down, providing the first clear…
130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

October 4, 2018

A 130-year-old brain coral has provided the answer, at least for the North Atlantic Ocean off the East…
Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since ‘age of dinosaurs’

August 24, 2018

Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely…
Oil and gas rigs can actually help corals to thrive

August 17, 2018

There are certain words that immediately make environmentalists cringe. For example, “oil platform” – people immediately assume it…
Corals and algae go back further than previously thought, all the way to Jurassic Period

August 16, 2018

Algae and corals have been leaning on each other since dinosaurs roamed the earth, much longer than had…
Corals don’t hunt? Well yes, they do and they cooperate to catch the jellyfish

July 30, 2018

Working in teams is something quite complex, especially for more primitive life forms. However, some species can still…
The Great Barrier Reef is losing its ability to recover, but scientists have some hopeful news

July 20, 2018

The Great Barrier Reef has been pronounced dead several times already. It is still alive, but it is…
Study reveals how high-latitude corals cope with the cold

May 23, 2018

Corals growing in high-latitude reefs in Western Australia can regulate their internal chemistry to promote growth under cooler…
Corals control their own chemistry to stay healthy

May 3, 2018

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at The University of Western…
Facilitating Coral Restoration

April 13, 2018

Global declines of coral reefs — particularly in the Caribbean — have spurred efforts to grow corals in…
Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms

April 4, 2018

Coral reefs can naturally protect coasts from tropical cyclones by reducing the impact of large waves before they…
Saving Hawaii’s Coral

March 5, 2018

Many of Hawaii’s once-thriving coral reefs are struggling to recover from recent extreme coral bleaching caused by rising…
First evidence of surprising ocean warming around Galápagos corals

February 26, 2018

The ocean around the Galápagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s, according to a new analysis of…
Scientists pinpoint how ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

February 5, 2018

The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their…
How climate change weakens coral ‘immune systems’

January 23, 2018

If this winter finds you stressed out and fighting a sinus infection, then you know something of what…
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