CREST Coral Stress Resilience Grant Progress

Epigenetics applications to improve coral conservation and restoration in Bonaire

Bonaire, Dec. 2019

Expedition 01 · Project Overview

Since the 1980’s, Caribbean coral reefs have declined due to a variety of stressors including coral disease, nutrient pollution, overfishing, hurricanes, and warming temperatures. If corals are unable to keep pace with the changing climate, many reefs are predicted to disappear within the next few decades. In addition to reducing sources of stress and enhancing coral populations through restoration, strategies to increase coral stress tolerance and resilience have become a recent focus within coral conservation research.

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