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**footnote: Click on the video to watch. Need to know what a coral is? Read our handy guide below:
A coral is an animal. It is the thin layer of living tissue that covers a hard structure called the coral skeleton.
The coral builds this structure layer by layer by causing calcium carbonate (a.k.a. limestone) to be deposited on the existing skeleton. Coral structures can grow to different shapes, depending on the species. Some look like boulders, others like tree branches or even heads of lettuce.
Most corals get their color from algae that live inside the coral tissue. The algae have a symbiotic relationship with the coral: the coral hosts the algae and, in exchange, the algae take energy from the sun (through photosynthesis) and share it with the coral.
Coral bleaching occurs when this symbiotic relationship breaks down and the algae is ejected from the coral.
Kate Furby is a Marine Biology grad student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U. California San Diego. In the video above, she explains her research of looking at how coral reefs recover from these catastrophic events.
Using a rig she calls the 'Photomegatron', Kate surveys coral reefs in different parts of the world, looking at how some
species of coral are seemingly wiped out by a bleaching event, and then slowly come back from the dead.
The feed will be curated by me (Jorge), and will feature behind-the-scene commentary on why each comic is special to me. Each week there will be a different theme, starting today with "The Best of the First Comics". Stay tuned all week as more are published for your enjoyment!
Tapastic is a pretty cool platform for webcomics. If you're a new artist starting out, or an old one looking for new places to publish your work, check it out!
PHD Lectures - I'll be speaking at Penn State and Washington College this Tuesday and Wednesday (9/17, 9/18)! Come on by or tell your friends who go to these schools! More info here: click here.
NC STATE + UCONN - Jorge will be speaking at NC State (6pm, March 27, Hunt Library) and at U. Conn. (5:30pm, March 28, Student Union) this week! Come on by or tell your friends who go to these schools!