Coral Reef Biology and Ecology

This field focuses on understanding the biological and ecological characteristics of coral reefs across the world.

Potential undergraduate students interested in this topic may want to apply for the marine biology undergraduate major. Potential graduate student would want to consider the biological oceanography program or the marine biology program.


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Promotes interdisciplinary research and educational approaches to maintain the integrity of ocean ecosystems and manage their use in the face of rapid and inevitable global change.

Studies coral reef ecosystems to answer fundamental questions of population biology, trophic dynamics, and spatial ecology.

A working group of scientists united by an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to studying coral reefs across gradients of anthropogenic stress.

Studying color and biological light in nature through their various forms and functions.

Focused on understanding the interactions between light and living organisms.

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Research Highlight: Blue Whales Are Arriving in Southern California Earlier and Earlier

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