More than 100 million people depend on coral reefs for food. Even so, overfishing of algae-eating fish and pollution have caused many reefs to decline or die out altogether. What can be done about it? Join Science magazine’s Live Chat: Saving Coral Reefs this Thursday, Sep 1 at 3 p.m. EDT.
Dr. Mark Eakin and John Bruno will discuss the dangers facing reefs and how best to protect them. Dr. Eakin is Coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, which focuses on the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems through satellite, in situ, and paleoenvironmental observations. John Bruno is a marine ecologist and associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Science magazine sponsors a chat with experts every Thursday, but the Live Chats aren’t like a chatroom. It’s more of an opportunity to hear (or watch, in this case) what the experts have to say. The audience can send questions to Mark Eakin and John Bruno during the chat, but it’s at the discretion of the speakers to publish the questions and answer them.
To participate, just show up at the Live Chat: Saving Coral Reefs page and scroll down to the chat box. Usually, it just starts right up, but sometimes you have to click the play button in the center of the chat box.
Photo of coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge by Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.