One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish west coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

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

Tags: coral-reefs caribbean marine-ecosystems corals sexual-reproduction reef-restoration threatened-habitats

Seafloor currents sweep microplastics into deep-sea hotspots of ocean life

Here's how microplastics from your clothes end up in the deep sea.

Michael Clare, Principal Researcher in Marine Geoscience, National Oceanography Centre • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution microplastics marine-ecosystems deep-sea ocean-currents marine-plastic-litter seafloor

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