ORESeminar: Rethinking coral restoration; can we cultivate an entire coral ree

January 27, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Meeting, Please see description for Meeting ID and Passcode Add to Calendar

Coral restoration has evolved from small scale token efforts that often face heavy criticism for diverting resources away from underlying problems, to the last hope for entire geographic regions facing reef extinction. Coral reefs are highly sensitive to anthropogenic stress and there is growing concern that they may not survive the ongoing climate crisis, threatening the key role that coral reefs play in protecting shorelines, providing habitat for fisheries, sand for beaches, income from tourism, and priceless inherent natural value. Here I review efforts currently underway to cultivate corals, including micro-fragmentation, research on ‘hybrid natural/artificial reefs’, genotype/phenotype variation, and developing methods to cultivate an entire floating reef. Reef restoration science must rise to the many challenges of understanding these complex ecosystems to identify how the process of decline can be reversed in order to buy time and prevent extinction of at-risk populations. Zac H. Forsman, PhD Researcher Hawai?i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) Zoom Meeting ID: 983 6324 9266 Passcode: ore792

Event Sponsor
Ocean and Resources Engineering, Mānoa Campus

More Information
(808) 956-7572, http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/event/seminar_210127/

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