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How do we know if a coral is healthy or sick? Well, we usually do not know until the coral has lost its dinoflagellate symbionts and turned pale (i.e., "bleached"). However, telling a stressed coral that it is bleached is akin to telling a person who suffered a heart attack that he/she had high blood pressure! Wouldn't it have been better had we known the coral was stressed before something catastrophic happened; then, we could have potentially enacted changes that would have promoted its heath/resilience. Proactive monitoring of coral health has been my primary area of research focus over the past 15 years, and, although we as a field have made great strides in the right direction, we still don't have a handle on how to diagnose coral health; some such issues are addressed here. Furthermore, we are still working on attempting to understand what makes some corals bleach and die while others of even the same species several meters away are resilient to changes in their environments. I am trying to address both such topics at the moment. Please email me if you have any thoughts on these matters: email@example.com.
2019 update: a microfluidic chip for reef coral diagnostics in situ.
Are you interested in any of the following topics ( as well as those listed at the top-left of the page)?
1. Effects of global climate change (elevated temperature and pCO2) on reef corals.
2. Effects of upwelling on reef corals (with a focus on reciprocal transplants).
3. The environmental physiology of reef-building pocilloporids (namely Pocillopora damicornis/P. acuta and Seriatopora hystrix).
If so, pleasssssssse email me (firstname.lastname@example.org); I have thousands of coral samples from every environmental condition imaginable (excluding deep reef corals). You don't even need to do the experiment or collect new samples (then again, that IS the most fun part of the process....). I am just too busy to keep analyzing all of them myself. Help! Sincerely, Pdamderson