Diving deep into coral science

The Raleigh News & Observer has a nice piece about Karl Castillo, a post doc at UNC working with Justin Ries and myself.  Karl is a native of Belize and was the author of a paper I blogged about last week here. – JB

Karl Castillo was in his early 20s when he sat with his stepfather in a small boat off the coast of southern Belize, prepared to examine the coral below.

What he saw shocked him. In stark contrast to the blue-green sea that insulated the coral, these foundations of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef had been robbed of their color.

A native of Belize, Castillo had grown up snorkeling among the coral near his seaside home. But in 1995, these bleached creatures were slowly starving to death – and he needed to find out why.  Read the rest here at the N&O

And check out this short video of Karl at work on a reef in Belize below:

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