Recovery while stressed: the complex future of coral reefs

Sara Cannon conducting fieldwork on Kiribati’s coral reefs. Credit: Simon Donner

A new paper from PhD candidate Sara Cannon offers some insight into how coral reefs may respond to a warming climate.

Published in PLOS One, the study explores how coral reefs in the Republic of Kiribati’s Gilbert Islands have coped with heat stress, and shows that those closest to human populated areas may actually be better able to adapt to warmer conditions than those in quieter, more protected waters.

Read a full Q&A with Cannon about the significance of these findings here, and her in-depth interview with AGU’s Eos here.

‘Coral reefs in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati: Resistance, resilience, and recovery after more than a decade of multiple stressors’ is available through open access.