Corals are known for their vibrant colors, otherworldly beauty, and intricate formations on the ocean floor—but they also provide a unique look into our planet’s history. As some of the Earth’s oldest organisms, coral reefs give us critical insights about climate change, biodiversity, and the interconnectedness of the world’s species.
Today, corals are in danger of extinction. Changes in climate and ocean temperature have given rise to a phenomenon called coral bleaching, and scientists are working diligently to find new ways to intervene to both prevent bleaching and help corals recover. ECS scientists are part of this effort, partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries.