On a tiny piece of land in the middle of Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii a group of scientists is working hard to save coral reefs. It’s a multi-layered project using several approaches to train and modify coral so it can survive heat stress.
“It’s to make sure we have corals in the future” says Research Project Manager Kira Hughes.
The project is led by Dr. Ruth Gates and gained momentum after Hawaii’s coral bleaching events in 2014 and 2015.
“The big question was why would on coral colony bleach when the one next to it doesn’t,” Hughes said. “So why is one coral colony more resilient than the other? So that’s kind of one of the big questions we’re investigating.”