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NSF-sponsored coral bleaching workshop pools research information

NSF-sponsored coral bleaching workshop pools research information

U.S. investigators and leading coral reef scientists gathered in Waikiki, Hawaii, June 17-18 for a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored workshop on coral bleaching. Scientists, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from over 20 different universities and government agencies attended the workshop, which focused on a range of current research topics, from molecular level studies to large-scale ecological and geological topics related to coral bleaching.

According to University of Delaware’s Mark Warner, the workshop’s organizer, the aim was to bring together experts to form a consensus about what’s currently understood and, more importantly, what remains unknown about coral bleaching and the kinds of new studies that are necessary to form a better understanding of this global problem.

“We plan to use what we learned to formulate a strategy or roadmap to study this topic into the next decade,” said Warner, an algal and coral physiologist and professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).