Published On: Mon, Apr 14th, 2014

The underwater world of Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – The Institute for Genomic Biology published a video that shows the complex and diverse ecosystem that is created by corals around the island of Curacao. The study species Montastraea faveolata was surveyed during this research last year in May.

According to the institute the coral reef ecosystems are critically important reservoirs of biodiversity in coastal, shallow-water tropical and sub-tropical marine environments and serve as cornerstone species in these environments. Yet, they are also one of the most threatened marine ecosystems on the planet. Current threats have created an urgency to understand the nature of environmental and anthropogenic stress effects on corals. The first essential step to do this is to characterize a “healthy” coral. The goal of this research is to create a quantitative and qualitative baseline for what is a “healthy” coral. This baseline is vitally important as a comparative standard for determining how factors such as ocean acidification, increase in sea surface temperature, disease, and nutrient and sediment loading affect coral health.

The video was shot by Colleen Cook, Instructional Resources Coordinator, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning /ATLAS Instructional Resources, in coordination with the Bruce Fouke Lab.

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