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Epigenetics

Could a little tough love help corals adapt to climate change?

By Climate Change, Coral Biology, Epigenetics, Marine Biology

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded FIU’s Institute of Environment a $273,491 grant to research innovative ways to make corals more resilient to the changing climate. FIU marine biologists Jose Eirin-Lopez and Serena Hackerott will lead the project, along with co-principal investigator Harmony Martell from the University of British Columbia. The grant, funded through NOAA’s Ruth Gates…

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Ph.D. candidate helps guide research to support future coral conservation

By Climate Change, Coral Biology, Epigenetics, Marine Biology

Serena Hackerott is giving coral researchers a much-needed beacon of hope for the future of coral restoration and conservation. The FIU Institute of Environment Ph.D. candidate in Jose Eirin-Lopez‘s Environmental Epigenetics Lab created a comprehensive collection of all the research to date on environmental memory and stress hardening in corals. The effort is designed to…

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FIU is among three universities receiving NSF funds to study climate change in the tropics

By Climate Change, Coral Biology, Epigenetics, Marine Biology

In an unprecedented move, the National Science Foundation is providing $300,000 to three universities including FIU to better understand the impact of global climate change on tropical ecosystems. Three CREST centers — at FIU’s Institute of Environment, the University of Puerto Rico and at the University of Hawaii at Hilo —…

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Corals have a secret weapon against a warming climate

By Climate Change, Coral Biology, Epigenetics, hurricanes, Marine Biology

Rising ocean temperatures are killing coral reefs, but researchers discovered corals have a secret buried in their genes that just might help them fight off seasonal changes in temperature. For over two years, FIU Institute of Environment Ph.D. student Javier Rodriguez-Casariego sampled reefs around Culebra Island, Puerto Rico to learn about their…

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