Dr. Fenny Cox to discuss the death of coral reefs, April 29

Diseased coral reef in Kaneohe Bay, Oʻahu.

Diseased coral reef in Kaneohe Bay, Oʻahu.

In “The Death of Coral Reefs?” Dr. Evelyn “Fenny” Cox will discuss why coral reefs are so important to Hawai‘i at the Math+Science+x Seminar sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Math and Science departments.

Coral reefs globally are under increasing pressure from a number of human activities including climate change. Much research has been done on the impacts of increased sea water temperatures on coral bleaching. Cox will describe how corals respond in the short-term and long-term to bleaching as well as the issue of how fast corals can adapt to increased temperatures. Dr. Cox will also discuss ocean acidification and current efforts at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology to understand how corals respond to changes in ocean pH.

“The Death of Coral Reefs?” with Dr. Evelyn “Fenny” Cox happens Friday, April 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in E243. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend this free presentation.


Image courtesy of Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources