Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”

A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.

A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.

coral reefs
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
First Immortal Cell Line Cultured for Reef-Building Corals
Amanda Heidt | Jul 1, 2021
Lab-grown cells from the reef-building coral Acropora tenuis provide new opportunities to study bleaching, symbioses, and biomineralization.
Infographic: How Scientists Are Creating Coral Cell Lines
Infographic: How Scientists Are Creating Coral Cell Lines
Amanda Heidt | Jul 1, 2021
Stable, long-term cell lines will enable scientists to study everything from coral bleaching to biomineralization, knowledge that may help protect corals from ongoing climate change.
Comprehensive Atlas of Reef-Building Coral’s Cells Created
Comprehensive Atlas of Reef-Building Coral’s Cells Created
Christie Wilcox | May 13, 2021
Single-cell RNA sequencing helps to catalog the dozens of cell types present in a stony coral, including its elusive immune cells.
Dinoflagellate Genome Structure Unlike Any Other Known
Dinoflagellate Genome Structure Unlike Any Other Known
Amanda Heidt | May 10, 2021
The transcription of DNA drives the remarkably tidy organization of chromosomes in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium microadriaticum.
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Certain Color Varieties of a Coral Are More Protected from Bleaching
Lisa Winter | Feb 25, 2021
In yellow-green and purple versions of the reef-building Acropora tenuis, the genes that code for particular fluorescent and other colorful proteins become more active in the summer, protecting symbiotic algae from thermal stress and resisting bleaching.
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Asher Jones | Feb 24, 2021
Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.
Coral Restorers
Coral Restorers
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2021
See outplanted coral spawning in the wild thanks to the efforts of researchers at the Mote Marine Lab.
Slideshow: Restoring Coral Reefs
Slideshow: Restoring Coral Reefs
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
By growing mountainous star corals in the lab and outplanting them to dying reefs, we were able to grow sexually mature corals that could help reef recovery.
Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide
Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
Novel technologies establish a new paradigm for global coral reef restoration, with in situ spawning of mature, environmentally resilient corals in five years instead of decades.
Infographic: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals
Infographic: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
Our novel technique involves planting several small fragments of slow-growing corals onto dead coral heads. The fragments eventually fuse, forming a large colony in a fraction of the time that it takes wild corals to build reefs.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2021
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2021 issue of The Scientist.
Image of the Day: Stress-Resistant Corals
Image of the Day: Stress-Resistant Corals
Emily Makowski | Sep 19, 2019
Some corals can adjust to a range of temperatures, but this ability may be limited in a consistently warmer environment.
Image of the Day: Synchronous Spawning
Image of the Day: Synchronous Spawning
Emily Makowski | Sep 9, 2019
Groups of corals release all of their eggs and sperm once a year, but the timing of their spawning is under threat from climate change.
Image of the Day: Cooperative Sponges
Image of the Day: Cooperative Sponges
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 15, 2019
Mycale grandis teams up with microbes housed inside it to gather nutrients.
Guam’s Coral Reefs Ravaged by Warming Oceans
Guam’s Coral Reefs Ravaged by Warming Oceans
Catherine Offord | Jul 31, 2019
Bleaching killed 34 percent of the island’s reefs between 2013 and 2017, a study finds.
Coral Deaths Spurred by Pollutants From Land
Coral Deaths Spurred by Pollutants From Land
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 17, 2019
Runoff and waste may be more harmful to the animals than climate change.
Image of the Day: Growing Corals
Image of the Day: Growing Corals
Chia-Yi Hou | May 14, 2019
A 3-D simulation shows corals growing into a community.
Image of the Day: Eroded Coral
Image of the Day: Eroded Coral
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 11, 2019
Coral reefs near Maui, Hawaii, show signs of erosion due to excess nutrients from wastewater.
As Disease Batters Florida Reefs, Scientists and Community Fight Back
As Disease Batters Florida Reefs, Scientists and Community Fight Back
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 4, 2019
Stony coral tissue loss disease has already affected 80 percent of Florida’s coastal reef system. Now, a huge team of responders is working to slow its spread and prepare for future restoration efforts.