The massive bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is even worse than anticipated, according to new research released this month. We asked Northeastern’s Justin Ries, a marine geologist, about the significance of these findings and why the destruction has been so swift and severe.
Marine scientists in Australia recently reported that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the condition, typically the result of warming ocean temperatures, could lead to “the ocean’s equivalent of a rainforest with no trees.”
New research from Marine and Environmental Sciences professor Justin Ries explains how moderate increases in ocean acidification and temperature can enhance the growth rates of some reef-forming corals.
Graduate student Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in conjunction with Mission 31, a monthlong underwater expedition led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zooplankton on coral reefs.
A new study featured in Science suggests that coral may be able to recover from disaster.