Dr. van Woesik will provide a background on coral reef systems, how and why they grow the way they do, symbiotic relationships that exist, as well as their current status in the present climate. He will explore the key processes that lead to changes in reef communities, the threats we are now seeing, and what work can be done in terms of coral restoration.
An opportunity for Q&A and discussion will follow the lecture.
Dr. Robert van Woesik is a professor of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences, as well as Director of the Institute for Global Ecology at Florida Tech. He has studied coral reefs in the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans since 1982 and has written more than 180 scholarly research articles on coral reefs. He was the Environmental Editor for the international journal Coral Reefs from 2006 to 2013. His research interests are mainly focused on the ecology of reef-building corals, including the effects of land-use change and global climate change. Click here to view his full faculty profile.