DEALING WITH DAMAGE
The effects of ocean acidificaiton and damage on corals
Graduate Student: Alex Yarid
Coral reefs are extremely
important places because of the many unique animals that live on them
and the benefits they provide to humans. Coral reefs wouldn’t be around
if it weren’t for the corals themselves. But life isn’t easy for the
corals out on the reef. In order to survive, they have to face a number
of challenges, such as being eaten! Many animals on the reef, like some
fishes and snails, consider the corals a tasty snack. When a fish takes
a bite of a coral, it takes time and energy for that coral to heal.
Certain environmental variables, like temperature or depth, can affect
the amount of time it takes for injured corals to make a full recovery.
Alex Yarid is studying how future environmental
conditions will affect the ability of injured corals to heal.
Specifically, Alex looks at how increased seawater acidity affects
the way in which corals respond to damage from fishes. He hopes
that by better understanding how corals will deal with the current
challenges they face under future conditions, researchers will be
able to better predict what the reefs of the future will look like.
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