Reef

Biodiversity Moves Beyond Counting Species – Nature

14th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published in Nature.  “Emmett Duffy was about 5 metres under water off the coast of Panama, when a giant, tan-and-white porcupine fish caught his eye. The slow-moving creature would have been a prime target for predators if not for the large, treelike branches of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) it was sheltering… [more]

Filling New York Harbor with Millions of Oysters to Fight Pollution

28th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Crain’s.  “Nearly every weekday trucks pick up 4 tons of oyster shells from 70 restaurants across the city for the Billion Oyster Project. Peter Malinowski and a team of students and employees use them—an estimated one-tenth of the total amassed in the city each week—to build reefs and nurture… [more]

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]