NSF Awards Grant to Study Effects of Ocean Acidification on Moorea's Coral Reefs

Robert Carpenter and Peter Edmunds (California State University Northridge) have been awarded a new NSF grant for their work in Moorea.  The 4-year project focuses on the corals, calcified algae, and coral reefs of Moorea, French Polynesia, and establishes baseline community-wide calcification data for the detection of ocean acidification effects on a decadal scale. It builds on the research context and climate change focus of the NSF Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, one of 26 such NSF LTER sites around the world. While coral reefs have undergone unprecedented changes in community structure in the past 50 years, they now may be exposed to their gravest threat since the Triassic.