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Green algae, white noise: Gas bubbles produced during photosynthesis 'ring' upon release

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:29:42 EDT ~ Gas bubbles released by marine algae during photosynthesis produce sound whose intensity correlates with the degree of algal cover on coral reefs, according to a new study. Find out more...

130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:40:50 EDT ~ Researchers studied nitrogen levels in the skeleton of a 130-year-old brain coral living 620 miles from the North American mainland and found that the nitrogen from human sources was less than had been estimated. Find out more...

Large stretches of coral reefs can be rehabilitated

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:53:04 EDT ~ Coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales using a relatively inexpensive technique. Find out more...

Climate change modifies the composition of reefs

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:11:10 EDT ~ Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink. A study has analyzes for the first time why gorgonians are more resistant than corals to human impacts and global climate change. Find out more...

Florida Keys' corals are growing but have become more porous

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:08:47 EDT ~ Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida Keys. A new study explored this topic, finding both good and bad news. The rate of coral skeletal growth in the Florida Keys has remained relatively stable over time, but the skeletal density of the region's corals is declining, possibly due to ocean acidification. Find out more...

Catastrophic construction: Storms can build reef islands in atoll regions

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:36:54 EDT ~ Many coral reef islands, or atolls, are created by water moving sand and gravel, piling it up into consecutive ridged layers. However, new research has uncovered a different type of island construction: storm-deposited boulders. Find out more...

New soft coral species discovered in Panama

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:43:42 EDT ~ Another new coral found in Panama's Coiba National Park, a UNESCO National Heritage Site, the location of the Smithsonian's newest research site. Find out more...

Coral bleaching increases disease risk in threatened species

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:20:43 EDT ~ Bleaching events caused by rising water temperatures could increase mortality among a coral species already threatened by disease, says new research. Find out more...

Finding Nemo's genes

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:31:53 EDT ~ An international team of researchers has mapped Nemo's genome, providing the research community with an invaluable resource to decode the response of fish to environmental changes, including climate change. Find out more...

Clown fish: Whence the white stripes?

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 23:22:59 EDT ~ Scientists have been training their attention on the developmental and evolutionary determinants of white stripes in clown fish. They now detail why, when, and how these bands arose and help elucidate their role in clown fish social organization. Find out more...