Baby corals recolonize ghost reefs

Scripps Institution of Oceanography doctoral student Jill Harris takes photos of corals in the Maldives to study their recovery.

Baby corals are appearing in Maldive Island reefs devastated by coral bleaching 15 years ago, offering hope of recovery, Scripps graduate student Jill Harris found on a trip to the Indian Ocean archipelago in July.

The Maldives were hard hit by a 1998 coral bleaching episode that wiped out many reefs in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. Bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to swiftly expel the algae living in its tissue.

Although the bleaching occurs over days or weeks, the damage persists for decades or longer. Off the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Harris and fellow Scripps Institution of Oceanography graduate student Levi Lewis saw the aftermath firsthand.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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