Cutting-edge incubator for studying coral (IMAGE) Carnegie Institution for Science Caption Carnegie's Manoela Romanó de Orte and Ken Caldeira led a research team that deployed a cutting-edge incubator to monitor the metabolic activity of coral and algae in an area of Australia's Great Barrier Reef that had been damaged by tropical cyclones. The CISME, or Coral In Situ Metabolism and Energetics, instrument is a small chamber that can be placed directly on the coral surface and allow scientists to monitor coral growth by measuring changes in seawater chemistry. Credit Image courtesy of Ken Caldeira. Usage Restrictions With credit License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.