Title of Talk: Sharks, snappers, and corals — how the remote Pacific ocean offers optimism about the future of Coral Reefs
Dr. Stuart Sandin is an associate professor of marine ecology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research addresses questions of coral reef community ecology, with a particular emphasis on how environmental conditions and human activities can influence this ecology, both for better and for worse. Sandin and his lab group work across the world’s tropical seas, from the Caribbean to the Pacific and spanning popular dive destinations through to remote and uninhabited islands that have never before been visited by scientists. These islands serve as the basis of a global-scale natural experiment, providing unique insights into how coral reefs work today and how we can manage these ecosystems so that they will remain productive into the future.