Understanding reefs part 2: Artificial reefs and reef restoration
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Understanding reefs part 2: Artificial reefs and reef restoration

Last month I wrote a post detailing what a reef is and why they should matter to you regardless of where you live. This month I am building off of that idea and talking about something that I get a lot of questions about. Artificial reefs and reef restoration. What is a reef? For review, … Continue reading

Does temperature dictate which corals can survive on a reef?
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Does temperature dictate which corals can survive on a reef?

If you’ve been reading UNdertheC for while, then you know that I study coral reefs (specifically those in the Caribbean). If this is your first time here, welcome! Tell your friends 🙂 As the 4th year of my PhD dawns here at UNC, the first chapter of my dissertation work has finally been published in … Continue reading

How to Apply to Grad School in Marine Science
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How to Apply to Grad School in Marine Science

Graduating from college can be a daunting adventure.  Your friends may be getting jobs, joining the Peace Corps, or living with their parents.  But maybe you’ve decided to go to grad school!  Hopefully you have some clear motivations and experience for doing so.  Now, how do you start?  Luckily, your friends at UNdertheC have all … Continue reading

The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?
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The future of coral reefs: will super El Nino’s destroy “super” corals?

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on earth. If you didn’t know that already you probably wouldn’t be here. For background on see these links (1, 2, 3). Also, reefs are beautiful and really cool (see below). However, corals are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They are especially … Continue reading

The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill
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The continuing disaster of the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill

This article is a guest post by ODU undergradaute Ben Maxie. Ben works in the Barshis Lab and studies the evolution of stress tolerance in corals and other organisms.    The 2010 BP Deep-water Horizon oil spill was an environmental tragedy of immense magnitude. Five million barrels of toxic crude oil were leeched into the … Continue reading