Ercia Towle, University of Miami (image) University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Share Print E-Mail 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 Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail 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.