Reef

Scientists Say Damage to Florida’s Coral Reef has Made the State More Vulnerable to Storm Surges – Washington Post

13th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Washington Post.  “As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef. At 360 miles long, the Florida Reef Tract… [more]

Oyster Reef Research Could Help Essex Fight Coastal Erosion

15th August 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Eagile Tribute.  “The creation of oyster reefs could help absorb tidal and storm energy from the mouth of the Essex River that is degrading the salt marsh. Oyster reefs are one proven method of marsh restoration. “The Great Marsh is such a huge resource here — 2,200 acres of… [more]

An Evaluation of Semi-Automated Methods for Collecting Ecosystem-Level Data in Temperate Marine Systems

22nd May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecology and Evolution. “Abstract: Historically, marine ecologists have lacked efficient tools that are capable of capturing detailed species distribution data over large areas. Emerging technologies such as high-resolution imaging and associated machine-learning image-scoring software are providing new tools to map species over large areas in the ocean. Here, we… [more]

Coral Reefs Across Indonesia Have Been Damaged by Destructive Fishing Practices, Now Locals are Fighting Back

18th May 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Hakai Magazine.  “Badi is a tiny, white-sand droplet of an island that pokes out of the Indian Ocean as though it’s gasping for air, just meters above the sea. It’s even tinier than it was a few decades ago—though rising sea levels are not, for once, the main culprit.… [more]

Protecting Million Dollar Reefs is Key to Sustaining Global Tourism

11th May 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in World Environment Day. “Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, contributing trillions of dollars to the global economy and supporting the livelihoods of an estimated one in ten people worldwide. Much of that tourism depends on the natural world—on beautiful landscapes and seascapes that visitors flock to in search… [more]

Unexpected High Vulnerability of Functions in Wilderness Areas: Evidence from Coral Reef Fishes

4th January 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper is a product of Proceedings of the Royal Society (Biological Sciences).  Abstract: High species richness is thought to support the delivery of multiple ecosystem functions and services under changing environments. Yet, some species might perform unique functional roles while others are redundant. Thus, the benefits of high species richness in maintaining ecosystem functioning are uncertain… [more]