USGS Researcher interviewed on Public Radio's Science Friday

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Research marine biologist Ilsa B. Kuffner was interviewed live by Ira Flatow on Public Radio’s Science Friday.

Research marine biologist Ilsa B. Kuffner was interviewed live by Ira Flatow on Public Radio’s Science Friday last week. The recording is available here. She was asked to explain the findings of a paper she co-authored that was published last week in the Journal of Applied Ecology on the subject of coral-reef “oases”, and to speculate how the results of the paper can help resource managers. She said the results of the study offer hope by demonstrating that pockets of reef still exist that are doing better than expected, likely because of the complex patchwork of environmental conditions in the nearshore oceans and the breadth of coral diversity on many levels. The paper is a product of a USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis working group focused on understanding local-scale coral reef resilience amid global-scale ocean change.

Hawaiian Islands, Florida Keys, Mo'orea, French Polynesia, and St. John

Maps showing the four focal regions used for this study: (a) main Hawaiian Islands, (b) Florida Keys, (c) Mo'orea, French Polynesia, and (d) St. John, US Virgin Islands. Circles marking sites are colour coded and sized based on their median z‐scores, with increasing diameters of symbols denoting increasing median z‐scores. Image credits: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, i‐cubed, USDA FSA, USGS, AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, GIS user community.