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USGS coral expert in wide-ranging panel discussion on "Understanding Coral Reefs"

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Tall sculpture made of crocheted yarn to look like a thriving coral reef.
Coral Forest: Medusa, at the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, UAE, 2014. Featuring spiral horns and tube worms by the Scottsdale Reefers and video tape danglers by Christine Wertheim. Photo, copyright the IFF

Research oceanographer Curt Storlazzi (Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center) served as a shallow-water coral expert in a panel discussion titled “Understanding Coral Reefs through Marine Science and Woolly Sculptures.” The free public event took place October 20, 2016, at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, affiliated with the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Storlazzi was joined by deep-sea coral expert Matt McCarthy of UCSC and science communicator Margaret Wertheim. Wertheim’s projects include Crochet Coral Reef, the largest participatory art/science project in the world. The panel explored the interweaving of science and art, with a focus on coral reefs and the challenges that sea-level rise, climate change, and human-driven stressors pose to their health and sustainability.

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