Moving to 3D

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.

High diversity on coral reefs: a very big game of rock-paper-scissors

MS57519-IMG_0017a-1024x768For 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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Lost at sea: mum and dad build homes to keep baby corals close

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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