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Fish swimming above squidpop

Seagrasses: A global ocean life support system

January 12, 2022
MarineGEO is coordinating global seagrass research to gain a baseline understanding of seagrasses and the communities they support, both wild and human.
Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn samples a tagged coral colony, while a curious nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) observes her technique (Photo credit: Leah Harper).

In the COVID era, coral reefs face their own pandemic

March 29, 2023
The MarineGEO research team revisited the Carrie Bow Cay station in Belize in late 2022 and found that corals were facing their own pandemic, with signs of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) and a decline in coral cover.
Experiment deployed at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Bocas del Toro, Panama. (credit: Janina Seeman)

PanAmEx reveals that higher ocean temperatures lead to greater predation pressure

January 10, 2023
Scientists from 36 sites across 110 degrees of latitude ran the same experiment to assess the intensity and impact of predators on local marine invertebrate communities.
gorgonian coral in Panama

A doubling of coral cover on Carrie Bow Cay, Belize from 2014-2019

March 9, 2022
This study is the first to leverage the long-term photographic data collected by MarineGEO at Carrie Bow Cay to show that coral cover has improved there since the program began in 2014.
Fish swimming above squidpop

Global “BiteMap” Reveals How Marine Food Webs May Change With Climate

March 9, 2022
Where are small marine animals most vulnerable to getting eaten? The answer has big consequences for coastal ecosystems since predators can radically change underwater communities.
Students setting sail from Carrie Bow Cay

Tracking change in marine life on the Belize Barrier Reef

February 4, 2022
New analyses from over 5 years of monitoring at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize, reveal insights into ecosystem function in coral reefs and surrounding habitats.
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