Navigation Links
A tale of two atolls
Date:6/9/2010

Coral reefs kaleidoscopes of pink anemones and silver sharks are the planet's most colorful ecosystems and among its most endangered, say marine scientists.

As global warming raises ocean temperatures, many corals blanch and die, a phenomenon called "coral bleaching." And pumping large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could make the ocean more acidic, further decimating corals and the fish that depend on them for food and shelter.

Millions of people inhabit coral reefs around the world, putting additional pressure on reef menageries. Establishing sustainable fisheries, even at remote islands and atolls, could significantly slow the decline of many reefs, say marine ecologists.

"We know that fishing can dramatically change the composition of a reef ecosystem," said Fiorenza Micheli, a professor of biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station. "By confronting overfishing immediately, we may increase the resilience of coral reefs to global warming and other threats."

To gain new insights on the ecology of reef fishing, Micheli and a team of Stanford researchers are taking advantage of an ongoing "natural experiment" at two isolated Pacific atolls Palmyra and Tabuaeran (or Fanning Island) located about 1,000 miles south of Hawaii. The project is funded by Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment.

Separated by just 250 miles of ocean, the two atolls are worlds apart in terms of fishing pressure. Palmyra, a protected U.S. wildlife refuge, is virtually uninhabited and bars fishing along its shores. But Tabuaeran, part of the island nation of Kiribati (pron. "kee-ree-bahs"), is home to about 2,500 people who depend on the reef for food and income.

With support from a Woods Institute Environmental Venture Projects grant, a team of marine ecologists, oceanographers and anthropologists has been working alongside residents of Tabuaeran to better understand their fishing techniques and p
'/>"/>

Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2014)... their propensity for eating anything, including each other, camel ... from North Carolina State University finds that non-native camel ... United States. , "The good news is that camel ... to humans," says Dr. Mary Jane Epps, a postdoctoral ... paper about the research. , The research stems from ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... Dietary quality in the U.S. has improved steadily in ... intakebut overall dietary quality remains poor and disparities continue ... a new study from Harvard School of Public Health ... to date that the extensive efforts by many groups ... some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... Researchers reveal how the alteration of a single nucleotidethe basic building ... form of intellectual disability. The study appears in The ... syndrome is caused by a defect in a gene on the ... Around 1 in 230 women and 1 in 360 men carry ... one end of the FMR1 gene is slightly longer ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Researchers find Asian camel crickets now common in US homes 2Quality of US diet shows modest improvement, but overall remains poor 2Quality of US diet shows modest improvement, but overall remains poor 3A nucleotide change could initiate fragile X syndrome 2
... and the Society for Mycotoxin Research have signed an ... , the official journal of the Society. Aimed ... the journal deals with all topics related to mycotoxins, ... issue will appear in March 2009. High-quality original ...
... part of U.S. agriculture. Nearly $200 million of food ... facilities play a vital role in producing seeds and ... can translate to increased revenue for producers. Kenneth ... Christopher R. Little of Kansas State University (Manhattan) led ...
... at the University of Liverpool will lead a 4 million ... to further understanding of how living cells function. ... as cell cycle proteins and signalling proteins, were first discovered ... budding yeast, thought to have been originally isolated on the ...
Cached Biology News:Mycotoxin Research joins Springer's life sciences journals program 2Detecting disease in greenhouse plants 2Scientists study full protein content of 'baker's yeast' 2
(Date:8/29/2014)... August 29, 2014 Three Lawrence ... 2014 Hydrogen Production R&D Award for ... splitting water using sunlight. , Shared with collaborators ... the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the ... models of photoelectrochemical solar-hydrogen production and corrosion processes. ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... 29, 2014 A major challenge before ... start-up dense realm of Boston-Cambridge, is gaining visibility that ... James Sherley, the Director of Boston’s Adult Stem Cell ... and national visibility of his company an important priority ... In addition to a social media marketing campaign ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... USA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 SPIE ... of Physics and Optical Science and Director of the ... of North Carolina at Charlotte, and co-founder and Chairman ... to serve as the 2015 Vice President of SPIE, ... 2014 President Philip Stahl announced recent election results at ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... August 28, 2014 Best Sanitizers, Inc., ... an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, asks food processors and food ... the hand sanitizer they’re currently using to Best Sanitizers’ ... hygiene is critical to fighting cross-contamination and the spread ... Sanitizers believes there are key criteria that make a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Livermore Team Awarded for Hydrogen Production Research 2The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Participates in Multiple Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Conferences Before Year End 2The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Participates in Multiple Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Conferences Before Year End 3The Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC Participates in Multiple Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Conferences Before Year End 4Glenn Boreman, UNC Professor and Plasmonics Co-Founder, Elected to SPIE Presidential Chain 2Food Processors and Food Handlers are Encouraged to Prepare for Fall Harvest by Evaluating Their Current Hand Sanitizer Using Nine Key Criteria 2Food Processors and Food Handlers are Encouraged to Prepare for Fall Harvest by Evaluating Their Current Hand Sanitizer Using Nine Key Criteria 3
... - In the wake of shareholder lawsuits alleging ... of Merge Technologies, Inc. has accepted the ... ,Bill Mortimore, who founded the company and served as ... been appointed as the company's interim CEO. Mike Dunham, ...
... - As scientists and engineers build devices at smaller ... behave when they are subjected to electrical signals, sound ... reach of standard scientific techniques. , ,But now a ... way to time such effects at the nanometer scale, ...
... Wis. - Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into ... some of the bureaucratic obstacles that stand in the ... the law would help researchers more quickly turn research ... requires a lengthy, bureaucratic review whenever UW faculty and ...
Cached Biology Technology:Merge president steps down in wake of shareholder suits 2Merge president steps down in wake of shareholder suits 3Just one nanosecond: Clocking events at the nanoscale 2Just one nanosecond: Clocking events at the nanoscale 3
... The H2OBIT™ is a fully licensed, high throughput, ... processing of up to 24 microplates. This equates ... plates. A robotic arm rapidly transfers ... resulting in temperature ramping times that are considerably ...
... ONE Ribonuclease is a 27kDa periplasmic enzyme ... of RNA to cyclic nucleotide monophosphate (NMP) ... of these intermediates to 3-NMPs (1). RNase ... known RNases that can cleave a phosophodiester ...
Porcine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells (PPAEC) (>500,000 cells)...
...
Biology Products: