Futures of reef services in the Anthropocene

Our group is a collaboration node of the Reef Futures project, an international consortium of coral reef natural and social scientists funded by the Belmont Forum. This project is quantifying the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide to humanity and determining the conditions under which these services can be maintained under various global change scenarios. This work will inform coral reef conservation and management strategies to promote reef persistence and resilience in an era of increasing human disturbance.

Our lab group is also leading an offshoot of this project that pairs benthic and fish data from Reef Life Survey with social and environmental drivers compiled for Reef Futures to determine (1) the global status of Acropora corals and the (2) social-ecological conditions which allow them to persist.