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...
Coral recovery – basis for hope

Coral recovery – basis for hope

Dr Greg Torda has been awarded LIRRF’s John & Laurine Proud Fellowship to study population genomics of coral recovery at Lizard Island following the 2016 bleaching events. He is interested in understanding how quickly corals adapt (genetically) or...
Lizard Island corals

Lizard Island corals

The Lizard Island Field Guide lists over 150 of the 600 species of coral found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To view them, begin at Corals and Similar Animals and click on the photos until you come to the end of each thread.  It is the next best thing to...
Science-based policy for Australia’s coral

Science-based policy for Australia’s coral

The Australian Coral Reef Society has released a paper (PDF, 750KB) identifying 8 key stressors affecting coral reefs and suggesting policy goals: 1.  Climate change is the greatest and most pressing challenge. It affects coral reefs through warming sea surface...
Death by bleaching

Death by bleaching

Sea temperatures around Lizard Island and elsewhere in the northern sector of the Great Barrier Reef were one or two degrees above normal for several weeks in March 2016, but started to cool off in April.   See BOM Anomaly Forecast. Coral tolerates short-term...
Losing Nemo

Losing Nemo

This photo essay was created by Professor Justin Marshall,  Chief Investigator and Project Leader at CoralWatch. It provides a few graphic glimpses of how coral bleaching is affecting reef ecology. Nemo is an Eastern Clown Anemonefish Amphiprion percula. This is his...