|A coral symbiome|
However, it is Friday afternoon and what struck me today, in a somewhat trivial fashion I admit, was the wonderful range of areas that the Gates lab scientists work in - from Hawaii, to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, to the Virgin Islands, to American Samoa, Taiwan and, of course Tahiti. Ah, I thought, I would like to be in Tahiti right now, maybe Mo'orea.
|Image D. Julie/ WikiCommons|
The article was on cheating cleaner wrasses and the ornate butterflyfish they clean. . .you should check it out.
|Bluestreak cleaner wrasse - From Fish Base - Image J.E. Randall|
|Ornate butterflyfish - from Fishbase, image J.E. Randall|
From the Gates Lab Web site: "Although the future looks bleak, some corals survive, and even thrive in the same conditions that rapidly kill others. Our group seeks to better understand the biological underpinnings of this variability by defining traits that associate with environmental sensitivity and resistance in corals, and with the resilience (capacity to buffer stress) of reefs." Check out the lab brochure: Coral Functional Biology and Symbiosis