Perhaps you need to do a bit more reading ...

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg oveh at
Wed May 9 18:05:01 EDT 2001

Dear Debbie,

Much though I was amused by your article and proposal (that the "seas are
starving" and this is why reefs are experiencing mass bleaching), I feel that
you need to do a little more reading in the area of mass coral bleaching to
correct the many errors.  My feeling is that you need to do more reading - a
fact indicated by your reference list - I feel this probably underpins why you
came to such odd conclusions.   In contrast - extensive experimental and field
evidence (as opposed to weakly based conjecture) exists of temperature as the
primary factor (and light as an important secondary factor).  Note that use of
word "secondary carefully" - it is just one of many errors you have made in
article posted to the web site:

I have sent you a copy of reviewed material that should help you in your
research.  Perhaps this will help you understand the errors you have made.  Till
then - feel free to come back to me with any questions you might have.

Best wishes,


Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Director, Centre for Marine Studies
University of Queensland
St Lucia, 4072, QLD

Phone:  +61 07 3365 4333
Fax:       +61 07 3365 4755
Email:    oveh at

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