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Coral-algal symbioses: evolution in the Anthropocene

Speaker: Dr. John Parkinson
Affiliation:
USF
Title:
Coral-algal symbioses: evolution in the Anthropocene
Abstract: Rising sea surface temperatures represent an existential threat to coral reef ecosystems. Heat stress can disrupt the beneficial partnership between corals and micro-algae, causing bleaching and death. And yet, such symbioses have persisted since the Jurassic period. Will corals and their symbionts be able to adapt quickly enough to survive modern climate change? I use a combination of field work, lab studies, and genomic techniques to address this question, with the goal of informing coral conservation and restoration efforts.
Host:
Isla Kuffner, USGS

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