‘Coral Zombies’ May Spell Doom for Coral Reefs Around World

'Coral Zombies' May Spell Doom for Coral Reefs Around World

Scientists have known for a while that coral reefs around the world are dying, and in a worst-case scenario they were counting on large, healthy-looking corals to repopulate. But a new study presented at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu shows that these seemingly healthy colonies are “Coral Zombies” with no reproductive ability, […]

A Savage World for Frogs

UCF biologist Anna Savage is obsessed with frogs and figuring out why they are dying at an unprecedented rate around the world. Her latest research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that natural selection as well as other evolutionary forces have shaped the evolution of immune genes in lowland […]

There's No Place Like ... a Classroom

Fascinated with infectious disease and pathogenic bacteria, Will Furiosi, ’13, ’14, had dreams of working at the Centers for Disease Control. But, during his senior year of pre-med classes at UCF, he decided that teaching science might be more fun. So, after completing his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences (with a minor in business administration) […]

Lathering Up with Sunscreen May Protect Against Cancer - Killing Coral Reefs Worldwide

Lathering up with sunscreen may prevent sunburn and protect against cancer, but it is also killing coral reefs around the world. That’s the conclusion of a team of international scientists, which includes University of Central Florida professor and diving enthusiast John Fauth. The researchers found that oxybenzone, a common UV-filtering compound, is in high concentrations […]