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  • 2021

    Multi-decadal atoll-island dynamics in the Indian Ocean Chagos Archipelago

    Mingyue Wu, Virginie K.E. Duvat, & Sam J. Purkis. Multi-decadal atoll-island dynamics in the Indian Ocean Chagos Archipelago. Global and Planetary Change. Vol. 202.

    A study of conducted on the Global Reef Expedition examined the dynamics of the coastlines of uninhabited islands in the Chagos Archipelago in an effort to understand how low-lying atoll islands respond to rising sea level. This study was published in Global and Planetary Change.

  • 2021

    Pacific-wide pH snapshots reveal that high coral cover correlates with low, but variable pH

    Manzello D. P., Enochs I. C., Carlton R., Bruckner A., Kolodziej G., Dempsey A. & Renaud P. Pacific-wide pH snapshots reveal that high coral cover correlates with low, but variable pH. Bulletin of Marine Science. Volume 97, Number 1, January 2021, pp. 239-256(18). https://doi.org/10.5343/bms.2019.0100

    A study of samples collected on the Global Reef Expedition found that ocean acidification (OA) is impairing the construction of coral reefs while simultaneously accelerating their breakdown. This study was published in the Bulletin of Marine Science.

  • 2021

    Revisiting the paradigm of shark‐driven trophic cascades in coral reef ecosystems

    Desbiens, Amelia A., Roff, George, et al. 2021. Revisiting the paradigm of shark‐driven trophic cascades in coral reef ecosystems. Ecology. doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3303

    A paper in the journal Ecology, based off research conducted on the Global Reef Expedition, suggests that reef sharks exert weak control over coral reef food webs, and that environmental features play a more definitive role.

  • 2020

    Tongan socio-environmental spatial layers for marine ecosystem management

    Smallhorn-West, Patrick F., Sophie E. Gordon, Alexandra C. Dempsey, Sam J. Purkis, Siola’a Malimali, Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi, Paul C. Southgate, Tom C. L. Bridge, Robert L. Pressey, and Geoffrey P. Jones. Tongan socio-environmental spatial layers for marine. ecosystem management. Pacific Conservation Biology. 26, 1–7.

    In order to help Tonga manage their marine resources, scientists used data compiled on the Global Reef Expedition to assemble a marine socio-environmental dataset covering Tonga’s near-shore marine ecosystem. The dataset consists of 11 environmental and 6 anthropogenic map layers overlaid across the near-shore marine ecosystem of Tonga.

  • 2019

    National-scale marine bioregions for the Southwest Pacific

    This scientific paper, by KSLOF scientists Alex Dempsey and Sam Purkis, shows how they used data-based methods to develop the first comprehensive oceanic and marine bioregions for the South Pacific. These marine bioregions enable the design of ecologically representative national marine protected areas in Pacific nations.

  • 2019

    High-resolution habitat and bathymetry maps for 65,000 sq. km of Earth’s remotest coral reefs

    A study from scientists at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami offers a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. Using this new method, the scientists mapped over 65,000 km2 of coral reefs and surrounding habitats--by far the largest collection of high-resolution coral reef maps ever made.

  • 2019

    Diversity and Structure of Parrotfish Assemblages across the Northern Great Barrier Reef

    A study of the structure and diversity of parrotfish assemblages across the Northern Great Barrier Reef.