News tagged with coral reef ecosystems

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Underwater elephants

In the high-tech world of science, researchers sometimes need to get back to basics. UC Santa Barbara's Douglas McCauley did just that to study the impacts of the bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) on cor ...

Jul 29, 2014 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

Rethinking the reef

A new study by biologists at San Diego State University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that inhabited coral islands that engage in commercial fishing dramatically alter their nearby reef ecosystems, ...

Jul 03, 2014 5 / 5 (2) 0

Why species matter

UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation. She goes there to study a coral reef ecosystem influenced by human impacts such as overfishing and ...

Jun 17, 2014 5 / 5 (2) 0

Putting a value on environmental change

The value of the global environment to human well-being, health and livelihoods fell by around US$20 trillion (A$21.5 trillion) a year between 1997 and 2011 due to loss of wetlands, coral reefs and tropical ...

May 29, 2014 3.6 / 5 (7) 0

Researchers soak up data from Mission 31

A giant barrel sponge living in the backyard of the underwater research vessel Aquarius may be one of the planet's oldest living creatures. Topping more than 2,000 years of age, these marine organisms filter ...

May 29, 2014 5 / 5 (2) 0

DNA testing to help save corals

"We are seriously tackling conservation of coral reefs in Okinawa," said Dr. Chuya Shinzato of the OIST Marine Genomics Unit. Coral reefs face various extinction risks. To avert coral demise, Shinzato is ...

May 23, 2014 not rated yet 0

Dissolving the future of coral reefs

Swimming through the liquid turquoise waters off the island of Viti Levu, Fiji, I am surrounded by iridescent fish of all colors, schooling around healthy branching corals. With a slight movement of my fins ...

Apr 10, 2014 5 / 5 (2) 0