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Towards Predicting the Fate of Reef Corals

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April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Title: Towards Predicting the Fate of Reef Corals               

Anderson Mayfield, NOAA/University of Miami Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Science                

Coral Collaboration Webinar Series – NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Seminar Contact:Robin Garcia, robin.garcia@noaa.gov 

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Corals reefs are threatened the world over by the rapidly rising temperatures associated with global climate change (GCC), as well as other insults of predominantly anthropogenic origin. In this presentation, I will first summarize work myself and my colleagues have been undertaking in recent years that address 1) charting and characterizing previously unstudied reefs (so that we know exactly what stands to be lost) and 2) the physiological implications of GCC on coral health. Then, I will discuss how I have been using the data from such field and laboratory studies, respectively, to develop artificial intelligence-driven models that enable us to identify resilient coral colonies (“refugia”). Although it may be too late to save many reefs, this novel capacity will allow us to enact “coral reef triage,” in which coral colonies and their respective habitats are scored along a physiological resilience spectrum (from highly stress susceptible to markedly resilient).       


Anderson Mayfield, PhD is a scientist with the NOAA/University of Miami Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Science

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April 8

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm