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Contact: Barbra Gonzalez
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Ercia Towle, University of Miami

Caption: Graduate student Erica Towle was awarded a grant to study Acropora cervicornis, or staghorn corals, by the Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Fund. This species of hard corals is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species™. Their populations worldwide have experienced a reduction of more than 80 percent over the last 30 years due to the effects of disease, climate change and human-related factors. Towle's research will look for markers for resilience to climate change.

Credit: UM/RSMAS

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