The rise and fall of turf-algae empires

The rise and fall of turf-algae empires

How will the abundance and diversity of life respond to the overall declining health of the Great Barrier Reef? The drivers of abundance and diversity are complex. They include the availability of food, the availability of shelter, and access to the services provided...
2017 highlights

2017 highlights

2017 – a year of further bleaching and hope for recovery   January 2017:  Greg Torda’s proposed research on ability of corals to adapt or acclimatise to higher sea temperatures was outlined in Coral recovery – basis for hope. Daniela Ceccareli and Zoe...
Coral growth after bleaching

Coral growth after bleaching

Death is the end of growth. But not all corals die when a reef is subject to bleaching conditions. This story is about survivors and a scientist – Kristin Anderson King PhD.   Kristen’s research focuses on three important species of branching coral...
Lots to see and study at Lizard Island

Lots to see and study at Lizard Island

There is lots to see and study at Lizard Island, despite loss of coral as a result of the 2016 bleaching. The images in this post were captured in Nov-Dec 2016 and Jan 2017.  Further bleaching occurred in March 2017, but if you were to visit today you would still find...