A recently published scientific paper from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University mapped the distribution of heat resistant corals throughout the Palau Archipelago. The study, which surveyed 221 colonies of Acropora hyacinthus across 37 reefs sites, found that heat resistant corals are widely distributed in Palau, and are particularly concentrated on reefs in Aimeliik State.
The paper, entitled “Widespread variation in heat tolerance and symbiont load are associated with growth tradeoffs in the coral Acropora hyacinthus in Palau” was published in the scientific journal eLife. PICRC researcher Victor Nestor joined researchers from Stanford as co-authors of this paper. Brendan Cornwell of Stanford University was the paper’s lead author.