The Wonderful World of Corals: Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis
Ruth Gates recorded this Aquacast at the Aquarium on September 19, 2017. Dr. Gates is the director of and a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Coral reefs in Hawaii and across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction, and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not just surviving, but thriving in conditions that kill others. Dr. Gates discusses the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in the response of corals to stress and how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs.