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.
It is widely known that rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are making the oceans more acidic, but how much have the oceans changed since the Industrial Revolution, and what impacts are these changes having on creatures inhabiting the ocean? Associate Professor Justin Ries is looking to rock-forming ‘coralline’ algae to answer these questions.
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.
Urban coastal sustainability becomes an ever more pressing concern as more than half of the world’s population flocks to its shores—the places where cities thrive.