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Coral Reef

4 Potential Solutions for Corals in Crisis

Racing against the clock, WHOI researchers and colleagues are developing innovative solutions to rebuild reefs and improve coral resiliency–before it’s too late.

The hypoxic reef

Scientists say a lack of oxygen might be stressing tropical reefs even more than warming temperatures, acidification, and pollution. But the combination of these factors spells disaster for coral.

Searching for ‘Super Reefs’

Searching for ‘Super Reefs’

Some corals are less vulnerable to ocean acidification. Can the offspring from these more resilient corals travel to other reefs to help sustain more vulnerable coral populations there?

Journey Into the Ocean's Microbiomes

Journey Into the Ocean’s Microbiomes

Bacteria in the ocean, including pathogenic ones, often hitchhike on tiny crustaceans called copepods. A graduate student explored their complex relationships.

Bacteria Hitchhike on Tiny Marine Life

Bacteria Hitchhike on Tiny Marine Life

Amalia Aruda knows that tiny marine creatures have big impacts. Some can kill you.

Aruda studies some of the smallest animals in the ocean—barely visible crustaceans called copepods and the bacteria that hitchhike on them. These […]

Does Oil Affect Animals' Cellular Machinery?

Does Oil Affect Animals’ Cellular Machinery?

Ann Tarrant has a soft spot for a tiny, tentacled creature. So what if starlet anemones (Nematostella vectensis) are spineless invertebrates that burrow in mud in stagnant brackish tidal marshes? To live there, they have […]

Abigail Labella

Abigail Labella

Abigail Labella sums up her daily life as a biology Summer Student Fellow (SSF) in a single maxim: “When the fish call, you can’t really say no!”

Whereas many of us struggle to remember to feed […]