[Coral-List] selection and local adapation in corals; cyclone risk

Austin Bowden-Kerby abowdenkerby at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 20:33:47 UTC 2022

Thanks Doug for the share!

If my understanding of this very in-depth and complex paper on coral
genetics is correct, this is great news for our program, as it indicates
that selecting corals for heat tolerance does not create a genetic
bottleneck/ lower genetic diversity in the subsequent bleaching-resistant
coral populations that we are creating in our coral reef adaptation sites.
Can anyone in the coral genetics field confirm that this assumption is

I really don't understand what is going on with the symbionts between the
hot versus cold reef areas described in the paper and what that might

Those of us in the field and actively working with corals on adaptation
through local translocation could really use a less technical summary of
this and for various other highly technical papers. I can't even begin to
understand the graphs presented, and I really don't have time to learn this
new language.  Is there anyone out there who is willing to create a less
technical summary for this particular paper?  Perhaps one of the authors?

These times are extremely urgent, and our field is on the front line of a
predicted ecosystem collapse. Time is ticking...... so, how can we speed up
the spread of leading-edge knowledge like this, which might greatly impact
our research and actions in the field and in the lab?

Thanks and regards,


Austin Bowden-Kerby, PhD
Corals for Conservation

On Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 5:22 PM Douglas Fenner via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

> Spatially varying selection between habitats drives physiological shifts
> and local adaptation in a broadcast spawning coral on a remote atoll in
> Western Australia
> https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/sciadv.abl9185
> A globally consistent local-scale assessment of future tropical cyclone
> risk
> https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/sciadv.abm8438
> Cheers,  Doug
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