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Driven by Nature

John Burt, NYUAD marine biologist receives the UAE's most prestigious natural history award.

Fish Food

Climate change is altering the ecology of the world's coral reefs and, in turn, affecting fish feeding behaviors and food availability for millions of fish that rely on reefs for their main meals.

Experts Gather to Discuss Coral Reefs of the Gulf

According to John Burt, NYUAD's Assistant Professor of Practice of Biology, more than 70 percent of the 3,800 square kilometers of coral reef in the Gulf has been lost, and only three percent of reefs are considered to be relatively undamaged.

NYUAD Professor Highlights Plight of Coral Reefs

"There is much concern in marine science that coral reefs are reaching their 'tipping point'," said John Burt, marine biologist and NYU Abu Dhabi assistant professor of practice of biology, "when anthropogenic activities will push reefs from being diverse areas dominated by corals to low-diversity, low-abundance ecosystems dominated instead by algae."

In the News

NYU Abu Dhabi science research and faculty are frequently featured in local and international media.

Coral Reef of the Arabian Gulf
Although the inhabitants of the Gulf Sea have evolved over centuries to cope with these extremes, the rapid pace of global warming is outstripping their ability to adapt.
The Sustanabilist | September 01, 2020

Mauritius economy impacted by oil spill
NYUAD's Professor John Burt says the island nation, which heavily relies on tourism and fisheries, has been badly hit by the ongoing effects of the oil spill.
Dubai Eye | August 12, 2020

Biologists dive for secrets of coral reef that survives hot Gulf waters
Coral reefs are sensitive ecosystems that rarely survive sea temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius, yet coral reef fauna thrives in the Persian Gulf, where scientists hope to find clues about climate change survival.
Al Monitor | June 26, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Fujairah: Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.
GDN Online | June 20, 2020

Video: Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.
Khaleej Times | June 20, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.
Egypt Independent | June 20, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Hope to spur a resurgence in sea life degraded over the years by climate change.
The Tribune | June 19, 2020

Divers transplant Corals, off Fujairah coast
The small team of divers and other volunteers have planted more than 9,000 corals over about 600 square meters in the past year. Within five years, they hope to cover 300,000 square meters with 1.5 million corals.
ASIAN Lite | June 18, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
UAE reefs have suffered substantial degradation over past 2 decades.
CBC | June 18, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.
Today Online | June 18, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.
The Chronicle Herald | June 18, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef
Off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coral freshly removed from a reef is cut into pieces and replanted by a group of divers in the waters below.
Reuters | June 18, 2020

Hope for coral reefs after scientists find resilient species
Researchers say more resilient corals may be less able to support a diverse community of marine life.
The National | July 12, 2019

Artificial tidal pools to be built to promote marine biodiversity
They are planned along the coast of Ras Al Khaimah to create a natural habitat for crabs, algae, molluscs and other marine life.
The National | May 06, 2019

UAE's corals suffer 'catastrophic' damage in record summer heat
The future of eight reefs in the Arabian Gulf is in doubt after high temperatures and low winds leave corals dying.
The National | February 02, 2019

Heat-resistant corals in the Middle East could save the world's dying reefs
Coral reefs are in crisis. being wiped out by rising sea temperatures — a consequence of climate change. But in one region, some corals are withstanding the heat.
CNN | June 27, 2018

Maritime history found in the coral walls of RAK ghost town
The walls of Jazirat Al Hamra contain nearly 12 million pieces of coral and each is a clue to the past, say NYUAD researchers.
The National | May 17, 2018

Saadiyat closed to swimmers due to a harmful algal bloom
Saadiyat Beach has been closed to swimmers after a harmful algal bloom was found in the sea surrounding the island. It is understood that the red tide — which is caused when a species of algae called dinoflagellates grow out of control — was discovered at the weekend.
The National | May 13, 2018