Diving for DNA

Abu Dhabi provides the ideal natural laboratory for researchers to explore how environmental and human-triggers affect reef fauna in the Arabian Gulf. What they learn in Abu Dhabi, could provide important insights into coral reef's ability to survive climate change worldwide.

In the News

Our researchers are frequently featured in the local and international media.

OceanXplorer: On board the billionaire’s research vessel broadcasting from the deep sea EuroNews | February 11, 2024

New book celebrates UAE's vibrant nature and wildlife The National | February 01, 2024

The Growing Role of Women in Coral Reef Science Accross the Gulf States | Al Etihad, January 18, 2024

Our Carbon Healing Balm National Geographic Arabia | December 01, 2023

UAE team wins $1m funding for climate-boosting corals plan
Grant will support key research being carried out by New York University Abu Dhabi
The National | December 11, 2023

As global sea temperatures hit record levels, what are the implications? The National | August 04, 2023

NYUAD researchers find the oxygen levels in the Arabian Gulf are declining
And the ever-changing climate is surely not helping these low-oxygen zones.
Featuring John Burt, Associate Professor of Biology
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New UAE study to help scientists understand how mangroves thrive in desert climate Khaleej Times | February 02, 2021

NYU Abu Dhabi Publish New Mangrove Biology Findings Abu Dhabi World | February 02, 2021

NYU Abu Dhabi researchers publish important new findings on the study of mangrove biology Emirates News Agency | February 01, 2021

Seasonal variation in reef fish assemblages in the environmentally extreme southern Persian/Arabian Gulf Springer | January 1, 2021

Coral Reef of the Arabian Gulf The Sustanabilist | September 01, 2020

Biologists dive for secrets of coral reef that survives hot Gulf waters Al Monitor | Jun 26, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef Khaleej Times | June 18, 2020

Divers cut, plant coral off UAE coast to build reef. Reuters | June 18, 2020

Biologists dive for secrets of coral reef that survives hot Gulf waters.    Al Monitor | June 26, 2020

Middle East is 'the canary in the coal mine' of climate change.  The National | December 23, 2019

Hope for coral reefs after scientists find resilient speciesThe National | July 12, 2019

Sea Surface Wind Conditions Linked to Severe Coral Bleaching off Abu Dhabi. NYUAD press release | April 29, 2019

Coral bleaching in Arabian Gulf modulated by shamal winds, say NYUAD researchersEmirates News Agency | April 29, 2019

Artificial tidal pools to be built to promote marine biodiversityThe National | May 6, 2019

Why the UAE's mangroves are so important — and how to save themThe National | April 12, 2019

UAE's corals suffer 'catastrophic' damage in record summer heatThe National | February 2, 2019

Desalination plants produce more waste brine than thoughtNational Geographic | January 14, 2019

Marine fish in the Arabian Gulf are threatened with extinctionAl-Ittihad | January 21, 2019

Elevated extinction risks for marine bony fishes in the Arabian Gulf: NYU Abu Dhabi researchZawya | January 20, 2019

Researchers call for improved conservation to save bony fish from extinctionThe National | January 20, 2019

New research from NYU Abu Dhabi and the International Union for Conservation of Nature reports elevated extinction risks for marine bony fishes in the Arabian GulfGo Dubai | January 20, 2019

Heat-resistant corals in the Middle East could save the world's dying reefs. CNN | June 27, 2018

Third of Gulf's marine life could be extinct by 2090, study findsThe National | June 17, 2018

Saadiyat closed to swimmers due to a harmful algal bloomThe National | May 14, 2018

Maritime history found in the coral walls of RAK ghost townThe National | May 17, 2018

Climate Change Lessons from Arabian Gulf Coral ReefsNYU News | September 19, 2017

Hamour than meets the eye: NYUAD study reveals species' secretThe National | December 12, 2015

Corals get by with a little help from a friendNature Asia | October 15, 2015

The beauty beneath the waves: Jebel Ali. The National | July 14, 2015

Guardians of Ras Ghanada: Abu Dhabi's most vibrant coral reef. The National | July 5, 2015

New species of algae saves Arabian Gulf Coral. The National | March 2, 2015

Special Report: Gulf coasts require long-term protection effortsThe National | February 22, 2015

Mapping the UAE's undiscovered coral reefsGulf News | February 20, 2015