• coral recruitment tile
    Friday, July 12, 2019

    Coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and establishing new reefs in more temperate regions, according to new research in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The researchers found that the number of young corals on tropical reefs has declined by 85 percent – and doubled on subtropical reefs – during the last four decades.

  • Graph showing alternate basins of attraction resulting from differing levels of fishing intensity
    Monday, February 11, 2019

    A new publication by MCR researchers appearing today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the first experimental evidence for the existence of alternative basins of attractions ina coral reefs ecosystem.  See for more details.

  • Monday, October 29, 2018

    Faculty, staff and students associated with the Moorea Coral Reef Long-term Ecological Research site mourn the loss of our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Dr. Ruth Gates, who passed away on Thursday, October 25th, 2018.  Ruth was a founding member of the MCR LTER site and her unbridled enthusiasm for all things related to coral reefs will be greatly missed by all.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018

    ​It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dr Susan Williams.  Dr Williams, one of the original Associate Investigators with the Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) site, was killed in an auto accident while on her way to deliver a lecture on “Life in the Sea.” to a class of undergraduate students at UC Davis.  Said Dr Russ Schmitt, MCR LTER Lead PI, "Susan was a tremendous scientist and mentor who was a well-loved and influential colleague.