DescriptionCoral reefs are one of the most diverse and complex marine ecosystems. They are vitally important for many marine species and also essential to millions of people worldwide. At the same time, coral reefs are threatened by global warming and human activities almost everywhere in the world. As the Red Sea harbours extensive coral reefs and KAUST is located right next to a variety of those, this talk aims on introducing coral reef ecosystmes to the community. It will be explained what coral reefs are comprised of, how they develop and what functions they perform. The talk will also focus on the threats that reefs are facing and on possible solutions to the coral reef crisis. Everyone interested in the marine environment on our doorsteps is encouraged to participate, previous knowledge on reefs or corals is not necessary.
Cornelia is a marine ecologist working as Postdoc at the Red Sea Research Center in KAUST. Before studying Red Sea coral reefs, she have participated in coral reef projects on Bermuda, in Costa Rica, Thailand and China. Cornelia's main interest is in reef metabolism, reef-water interactions and the effects of changing environmental conditions on reefs. Cornelia has been a Reef Check scientist since 2006 and have conducted Reef Check workshops in Egypt since then.
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