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Corals In Crisis

NSU to Host Coral Reef and Climate Change Symposium


“Coral Crisis: Issues & Response” Event Brings Together Experts from Across the Globe



FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – There’s no easy way to say it – the world’s coral reefs are in danger. Researchers from around the world, including world-renowned experts at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, have been studying corals to determine not only what is killing them but what can be done to protect and save them.


The worldwide decline of coral reefs calls for improved scientific understanding of the ecological processes that underlie reef health and resilience together with urgent reassessment of current management practices that incorporates the role of human activity in shaping ecosystems.


To that end, from 1-5 p.m. Monday, November 18, NSU is hosting a series of talks and a panel discussion titled, “Coral Crisis: Issues and Response.” This event will be held at NSU’s Ocean Campus, 8000 N. Ocean Dr., (in NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center building) within the Mizell-Johnson State Park (at the entry to Port Everglades.) It will also be livestreamed as a webinar, where external participants can submit their question to the panel.


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The health of the oceans depends directly on the health of the coral reefs – as does the health of many country’s economies.


“What is happening to our coral reefs is a disaster,” said Richard Dodge, Ph.D., dean of NSU’s Halmos College. “Coral reefs play a huge role both from an environmental as well as economic standpoint. The health of the planet depends on the health of our oceans, and coral reefs are an integral part of the ocean and ocean health. Corals are also involved in the well-being of many economies – billions of dollars both locally and globally depend on our reefs remaining vibrant ecosystems for marine life. That is why it is so important that we all work together to determine not only the problems our coral reefs face, but what we can do to protect them for generations to come.”


Coral Crisis Webinar

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