How algae disappear from corals during a bleaching event

by Tamaki Bieri Coral bleaching in the news Currently, the third massive worldwide coral reef bleaching event is unfolding. ┬áCorals from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean are affected, and recently, the worst bleaching ever witnessed in the Great Barrier Reef was reported. Once rare, coral bleaching events have increased both in frequency and severity over…

Science + Art: Imaging Coral Reefs

by Tamaki Bieri The picture above was taken on Ofu Island in American Samoa, where I spent two weeks in the summer of 2013 to work on an interdisciplinary coral reef imaging and mapping project. The project, called Reactive Reefs, is run in collaboration with Ved Chirayath and Trent Lukaczyk, both graduate students at the…