Coral reef soundscapes rebounded after Hurricane Irma

Soundscapes of coral reef ecosystems can recover quickly from severe weather events such as Hurricane Irma in 2017, according to a new study.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

Human noise wreaks havoc on all kinds of ocean animals

Human-created noise can disrupt the behavior, physiology, reproduction, and ecosystems of whales and other ocean life. It can even lead to death.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Ireland has corals, and they survive in extreme conditions at the edge of a submarine canyon

But these 'cold-water coral' are threatened by accelerating sea currents.

Aaron Lim, Post-doctoral Researcher, Marine Geoscience, University College Cork • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~5 min

‘Blood test’ can pinpoint overheated, unhealthy corals

A new method works like a blood test to identify heat-stressed corals that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~4 min

One-fifth of ecosystems in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like

Humans have caused ecosystems to collapse on purpose for millennia, to grow food or build settlements. But unplanned collapses are a different matter.

John Dearing, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building

Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.

Oct. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong

Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~12 min

Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected

Marine wildlife rarely remain in one habitat. Most species rely on a healthy network of ecosystems to raise their young and catch their food.

Ronan Roche, Research Fellow in Marine Science, Bangor University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Coral sex: how reproducing species in the lab could be key to restoring reefs in the wild

Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.

Jenny Mallon, PhD Candidate in Coral Reef Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

MV Wakashio: Locals in Mauritius try to stop oil spill

MV Wakashio ran aground on coral reef on 25 July and is now leaking oil.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 9, 2020 ~3 min