Mysteries of the Deep Coral Reef

October 5, 2009

Onward and Upward from the Deep

After his most recent explorations of the deep reef, in the Red Sea and Caribbean, Baruch College’s David Gruber returned to New York to some good news about the fruits of his labors over the past few years. On Oct. 1, Nature published new findings about fluorescent proteins by Dave and his colleagues. The prestigious […]

August 1, 2009

Onward to the Middle Eastern Corals

EILAT, Israel | After a flight to Tel Aviv and then a hop aboard an Arkia flight to Eilat, I arrived at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences. It was founded in 1968 and has produced over 1,600 scientific papers. A unique aspect of the location (on the border of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt) […]

July 17, 2009

Royal support for the reef

I’ve arrived back in NYC and Baruch College for two quick days to store coral samples at -80C. Perfect timing: I’ve just gotten word that I’ve received funding from the National Science Foundation to examine these corals and others that I collected on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. They have been shivering in cyrogenic storage at […]

July 12, 2009

The Deepest Dive

LITTLE CAYMAN, Cayman Islands | We’re in deep water down here, but more about that in a minute. First, a little about an exploration in shallower depths. One of the missions of this trip is to develop a technique to measure and assess what we call coral recruitment–how new colonies of coral are established, how […]

July 1, 2009

The Bloody Bay Wall

LITTLE CAYMAN, Cayman Islands | One of the most prominent underwater features of Little Cayman is the Bloody Bay Wall—a sheer cliff that begins just off the northern part of the island in 18 feet of water and plummets thousands of feet into the abyssal Cayman Trench. According to island legend, the wall is named […]

June 24, 2009

Aglow in the Dark

LITTLE CAYMAN, Cayman Islands | Three years ago, Dr. Carrie Manfrino, a marine geologist and ecologist, established the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman, a Caribbean island 150 miles south of Cuba with a permanent human population of fewer than 180. The institute has provided a setting where scientists could launch studies on the […]