Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change conservation coral-reefs ecosystems oceans

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change conservation coral-reefs ecosystems oceans

Coral nurseries can shelter threatened species

Underwater coral nurseries can do more than provide transplants for barren ocean areas. They can also offer a home to all kinds of threatened species.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs endangered-species oceans

How healthy is that microbe? New device can tell

A new portable tool can assess microbes, screen for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and analyze algae that live in coral reefs, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: earth-and-environment algae coral-reefs microbes oceans

Fishing for ‘herbivores of the sea’ could risk coral reefs

Fishing practices that selectively remove large parrotfish could put corals at risk, researchers warn.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 10, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: earth-and-environment coral-reefs corals fish fishing oceans

Double whammy killed coral reefs off Texas coast

Simultaneous river runoff and upwelling caused a dramatic die-off of coral reefs off the Texas coast. "One of them alone may not have caused any trouble."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment coral-reefs hypoxia oceans

Hiding spots and predators benefit reef fish

New research finds that reef fish populations depend on two things: good hiding spots and a resident predator.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs ecosystem fish predators

These corals live so deep there’s barely any light

Deep dives in a submersible gave scientists a glimpse of mesophotic corals, which survive with surprisingly little light.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
June 25, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured biodiversity coral-reefs light oceans

Tiny bottom-dwellers keep coral reefs healthy

"These fish are like candy. They are tiny, colorful bundles of energy that get eaten...by any coral reef organism that can bite, grab, or slurp them up."

U. Washington • futurity
June 5, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured coral-reefs fish symbiosis

‘Underwater elephants’ give and take with coral reefs

Bumphead parrotfish poop helps clarify the relationship between the fish and the reefs they call home.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
May 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs feces fish oceans

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