SparcS Center

Coral reefs


Coral reefs are subject to a number of stressors ranging from increased temperatures, ocean acidification and pollution to overfishing. A massive shift from coral to an algal dominated state in the Caribbean in the 1980’s has invoked research on tipping points and resilience of coral reefs.

We work with Terry Hughes, Bob Steneck and others on understanding how different feedback mechanisms may interact to affect reef stability, and how spatial structure of the Great Barrier Reef and other reef systems affects overall resilience.


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