Without question coral bleaching is one of the leading causes of global coral mortality. but there is another huge threat facing the world’s reefs: coral disease. MSC PhD student Rebecca Certner explains why.
New work by MSC PhD student Rebecca Certner and Associate Professor Steve Vollmer identifies mechanisms by which disease can spread in endangered coral species.
MSC students Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Felicia Aronson turned to crowdfunding to support their work on examining white-band disease, which has killed up to 95% of the Caribbean’s reef building corals.
Many coral reefs around the globe suffer from white band disease. Researchers at the MSC are looking into the innate immune system of some of these Acroporid corals.