Synthesizing molecular and ecological datasets to evaluate how diversity in coral endosymbiont communities (symbiodinium) maps onto environmental sensitivity in corals

Principal Investigators:

Ruth D. Gates

Climate change related increases in seawater temperature pose a serious threat to the world's coral reefs. A key conservation issue, and research priority is understanding how corals and coral reef ecosystems will respond to these environmental shifts. Changes in the composition of coral endosymbiont (Symbiodinium spp.) communities have been proposed as a mechanism by which corals might adapt to elevated seawater conditions, in a time frame concordant with the rates of environmental change. As a sabbatical fellow at NCEAS, I propose to develop the... more

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Journal Article Gates, Ruth D.; Ainsworth, Tracy D. 2011. The nature and taxonomic composition of coral symbiomes as drivers of performance limits in scleractinian corals. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Vol: 408. Pages 94-101. (Online version)
"Synthesizing molecular and ecological datasets to evaluate how diversity in coral endosymbiont communities (symbiodinium) maps onto environmental sensitivity in corals" is project ID: 12478