Navigation Links
Coral survival's past is key to its future
Date:2/14/2012

MELBOURNE, FLA.Florida Institute of Technology researchers are taking an historical approach to predict the extinction risk of reef-building corals. Led by Robert van Woesik, professor of biological sciences, the researchers are examining past events to gain insight into how these corals today may fare through climate change.

"We found strong relationships between past regional extinction events and modern coral vulnerability, suggesting that extinction events are not merely chance events but depend on the biological characteristics of the coral species. Our historical approach improves the accuracy of extinction-risk assessment," said van Woesik.

Corals are highly sensitive to climate change. Their risk of extinction is increasing at an unprecedented rate as the oceans continue to warm. Assessing this danger, however, is difficult because of limited data.

Van Woesik's team looked at Caribbean extinction during the Plio-Pleistocene era and extinction risk as determined by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Through the Plio-Pleistocene era, the Caribbean supported more diverse coral reefs than today and shared considerable overlap with contemporary Indo-Pacific reefs. Regional extinction in the past and vulnerability in the present suggest that Pocillopora, Stylophora, and foliose Pavona are among the most susceptible to local and regional isolation. These were among the most abundant corals in the Caribbean Pliocene. Therefore, a widespread distribution did not equate with immunity to regional extinction. The strong relationship between past and present vulnerability suggests that regional extinction events are trait-based and not merely random episodes.

"We found several inconsistencies between our data and the IUCN scores, which suggest a need to critically re-examine what constitutes coral vulnerability," said van Woesik.

The research is due to be published in Biology Letters, a journal of the
'/>"/>

Contact: Robert van Woesik
rvw@fit.edu
321-674-7475
Florida Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Heat and cold damage corals in their own ways, Scripps study shows
2. Detecting detrimental change in coral reefs
3. Lessons in coral reef survival from deep time
4. Multiple partners not the only way for corals to stay cool
5. Another outbreak of coral disease hits the reefs of Kaneohe Bay, Oahu
6. Sea cucumbers: Dissolving coral reefs?
7. Submarine springs offer preview of ocean acidification effects on coral reefs
8. Scientific sleuths pinpoint the guilty coral killers
9. Corals can sense whats coming
10. Fishy lawnmowers help save Pacific corals
11. New study reveals coral reefs may support much more biodiversity than previously thought
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/16/2014)... infections and worldwide claims the lives of 160,000 ... University have succeeded in developing a promising vaccination ... , Xavier Saelens (VIB/UGent): "We discovered a new ... development of a novel approach to vaccination against ... small children and elderly people." , RSV: ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... a non-traditional biophysics textbook and it describes how life ... of discovery into biological systems and provides an understanding ... is about how our genes make proteins that control ... cells in an organism. It quantifies the principles of ... be found on both large and small scales. The ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... 44th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Biomedical Science ... mechanisms of genomic instability and its implications for the ... alumnus to win the Rosenstiel Award; the first, Rod ... is the Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics and ... investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Boston ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New perspectives for development of an RSV vaccine 2New book about life as seen from physics 2Brandeis awards 44th Rosenstiel Award to pioneering geneticist Fred Alt 2
... turkeys died in Britain of cancer of the liver. Eventually, ... of aflatoxin as the cause of this mysterious 'turkey X' ... the most virulent natural carcinogenic substances. , The tasteless toxin ... hot, arid regions, in the south-west of the US and ...
... of people in southwest China suffer from potentially-crippling fluoride ... coal, say researchers. , The findings, from a study ... that the disease was caused by people burning fluoride-rich ... this belief, last year, the Chinese authorities invested 34 ...
... what many scientists thought, genetically modified (GM) corn has ... Mexico. , After analyzing tens of thousands of seeds ... from Mexico and the United States found no evidence ... surprised the researchers, said Allison Snow, a professor of ...
Cached Biology News:Corn grain mould used as pesticide 2Fluoride poisoning in China due to clay, not coal 2Genetically modified maize not found in southern Mexico 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... The Americas Inorganic Refrigerants Market report defines and ... analysis and forecast of revenue. , Browse through ... report, to get an idea of the in-depth ... the segmentation in the Americas inorganic refrigerants market, ... , http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/americas-inorganic-refrigerants-4191654241.html , Inorganic refrigerants ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 22, 2014 WriteResult, LLC – ... has been working with a team of researchers from ... Farms Community Farming Collaborative to provide electronic questionnaire data ... The study, which started in May, aims to evaluate ... participants weekly exposure to and participation in urban agriculture ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014 According to new market ... Type (Consulting, Integration, Deployment & Support), by Service ... (Public, Private, Others (Hybrid & Community)) - Global ... segments the Cloud Professional Services Market into various ... revenues. It also identifies the drivers and restraints ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 22, 2014 Research and Markets  has ... by Material, by Application, Geography - Global Analysis and ... Organic electronics, also called as polymer ... science which deals with small conductive molecules and electrically ... molecules and polymers are carbon based, made using synthetic ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Americas Inorganic Refrigerants Market is estimated to grow to $71.6 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Americas Inorganic Refrigerants Market is estimated to grow to $71.6 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3myPROpad™ Topic of Panel Discussion at the Yale Food Systems Symposium 2myPROpad™ Topic of Panel Discussion at the Yale Food Systems Symposium 3Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Cloud Professional Services Market by Public, Private, Hybrid & Community Expected to Reach $34.41 Billion by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 5Global Organic Electronics (Semiconductor, Conductive, Dielectric and Substrate) Market - Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020) 2Global Organic Electronics (Semiconductor, Conductive, Dielectric and Substrate) Market - Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020) 3
... 24 The Charlotte-Mecklenburg region,certainly has not been immune ... NC Free Clinic Association has seen their highest,demand for ... creator of,Charlotte,s premier health & wellness event, the Charlotte ... , "We can all have ...
... Extensive Experience In Molecular DiagnosticsSALT LAKE CITY, Feb. ... spine care through the development of molecular diagnostic ... has joined the executive management team as the ... Dr. Macina will report directly to Kenneth Ward, ...
... Ore. Researchers have identified the gene that ultimately ... that could some day lead to the repair of ... restoration or even the production of replacement teeth. , ... was already known to have several functions - in ...
Cached Biology Technology:Charlotte Anti-Aging Expo & Symposium Supports Free Clinics 2Axial Biotech Appoints Dr. Roberto Macina to Vice President of Research and Development 2Genetic discovery could lead to advances in dental treatment 2
...
Request Info...
Human RUNX2/CBFA1 MAb (Clone 232902)...
... Peroxidase Conjugate, 2 ml. ... enzyme molecules for use ... situ hybridization applications.High specificity ... Labeling & Detection, Protein ...
Biology Products: