Natural Selection Favors Corals Vulnerable to Climate Change

Science World Report

15 November 2013

Live corals are the most important contributors to the structure of the saltwater reef in nature as well as in reef aquariums. Corals, sponges and seaweeds cover most of the surface of coral reefs and make up the most diverse range of all marine ecosystems, as well as account for perhaps one quarter of all ocean species found in reefs.

A recent study from researchers at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) looks at how global changes in climate and ocean chemistry affect corals scarcity or abundance, with wide distributions that affect many. Read more