Stories from a Coral Reef

The many forms of cooperation on coral reefs

At a time when the political world seems overfilled with evidence of human greed, selfishness, destructive competitiveness, and utter immorality, I found myself reading Tim Flannery’s 2011 book, Here on Earth: A natural history of the planet.  It’s not perfect, but it is a good read.  It lifted my spirits. In it, Flannery contrasts the … Continue reading »

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Thoughts about corals, coral reefs, and coral reef conferences

Hanauma Bay now and in the 1960s Last week I was in Honolulu participating in the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS).  It was, for me, a time for reminiscing.  I was a student at University of Hawaii in the 1960s and was a participant at the 2nd ICRS on the Great Barrier Reef in … Continue reading »

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On Knowing Your Ecosystem – A Coral Reef is Much More than A Coral and Some Fish

A few years ago, in another life, I was listening to an M.Sc. student provide a progress report to her advisory committee.  She was tackling the problem of whether there were two, or just one genetically distinct population of sea-run trout using a particular lake in British Columbia.  The managers knew there were two runs … Continue reading »

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