Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Fellowship description and duties: The J. Madin laboratory (www.jmadinlab.org) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (https://www.hawaii.edu/himb/) is seeking to recruit a quantitative ecology postdoctoral fellow who can do fieldwork to join our lab. The successful candidate will design and lead research investigating the structure and function of coral reefs with an emphasis on differences among reef-building coral species in terms of demography, biomechanics, morphology and other functional and life history traits.
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Our paper “Biogeographical disparity in the functional diversity and redundancy of corals” led by Mike McWilliam at JCU now online at PNAS.
Our paper looking at relationships between 2D planar area and surface area and volume has been published at PeerJ. The paper was a collaboration between reef ecologists and medical imaging specialists, and demonstrates tight relationships between what ecologists traditionally measure on the reef, planar size, and traits related to lifestyle (e.g., physiology and demography), surface are and volume.
The lab group is moving to the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology at the start of May 2018.
Joshua Madin, Maria Dornelas and Elizabeth Madin have been awarded $390,000 from the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme for their project “Why are complex habitats more diverse?”
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For a long time, scientists have wondered how a large number of species can live together while competing for a single, limiting resource. Why doesn’t a single species that is better at competing for the resource crowd out all the others? According to new findings appearing in American Naturalist, the answer to this question on coral reefs is like a very big game of rock-paper-scissors.
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Coral larvae depend on their parents to create nooks and crannies for them so that they can stay, settle and re-establish after a reef has been damaged, according to new findings published this week.
“Storms, floods, and coral bleaching damage coral reefs,” explains Professor Andrew Baird from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. “As reefs recover from these events, they depend on free-swimming coral larvae to attach to a hard surface, grow, and replenish the area.”
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