Zombie Coral Apocalypse

This past week I had the pleasure of listening to Kate Furby (@seakaterun) from Scripps Institute of Oceanography talk about her research on the Zombie Coral Apocalypse. Yes. You heard me right. ZOMBIE CORALS.

Specifically, Kate is studying the encrusting coral Porites superfusa (reminds me of Mufasa…) located off Palmyra, a small coral atoll one hop, skip, and a puddle jump away from the coast of Hawaii. Kate’s research investigates the recovery mechanisms of corals after drastic coral bleaching events and how these corals can even come back from the dead!!!

Check out this wonderful video re-cap from the brilliant minds at PhD comics:

 

For the full article and more about Kate’s research here @ PhD Comics

Also, check out Kate’s recent Ted talk on how she is helping to change the way we communicate science. Here.

Alex Warneke (112 Posts)

Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service. As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science. Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can get the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.


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