In the Bahamas SECORE and its partners are doing research on coral hybrid restoration, which may be more resilient in a changing environment. To find the best spawning sites for our joint work in 2018, Margaret Miller accompanied coral experts Craig Dahlgren and Nicole Fogarty on a reef site scouting mission that held many surprises.
Scientists pioneer in developing a novel approach to simply sow coral recruits onto degraded reefs like farmers scatter seedlings on a field. With this innovation, formerly costly and time-consuming handling can be minimized, and may allow for effective large-scale reef restoration. The study led by SECORE International was recently published.
Reef conservationists face another challenge, because the genotypic diversity of keystone reef-building coral species and their potential to reproduce successfully might not be as high as it appears. That is the result of a new study in the Florida Keys, led by SECORE Research Director Dr. Margaret Miller and published in the journal CORAL REEFS.
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