This seminar will present a summary of research done over the
last 15 years that investigates what makes some corals more resistant
vs. sensitive to climate change impacts, particularly global warming. The
research results are from studies done in American Samoa and Micronesia in
the South Pacific, Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea, and even a project working
with the Northern Star Coral here in the Mid-Atlantic. Of particular
interest are results that show how short-term exposures to high temperatures
can actually condition corals to be stronger and more resistant to climate
impacts, though this increased resistance may come at a cost as things
continue to get warmer.
Dan Barshis is currently an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Old Dominion University. He did his undergraduate degree at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington; M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa; a postdoc at the Hopkins Marine Station; and a second postdoc at NOAA Fisheries, Santa Cruz. Dan's work primarily examines the evolutionary basis behind stress tolerance in reef-building corals. He employs a combination of field transplantation, controlled acclimation experiments, and advanced genomic techniques to uncover the relative roles of adaptation and acclimatization in determining coral tolerance limits and sensitivity to climate change impacts.
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