On this the 7th anniversary (to the day) of the start of Project HERBVRE, Nature Communications has published our paper describing the results. Lots of people put a lot of effort into this one, and we are excited to share it with the world. Congratulations go especially to the initiators of the project, Deron and Becky, and to Jesse, who led the exhausting and often frustrating analysis and writing of these results.
Becky and Deron also wrote an awesome companion piece for The Conversation that explains our paper in a more readable way and puts it in the context of the current state of the world's reefs. Check it out to learn more about the stressors affecting coral reefs, and what we can do about it.
Photo (by Cory Fuchs, co-author): A parrotfish goes to bite zoanthids on our study reef in the Florida Keys. One of the findings of this study was that parrotfish bites are normally not very harmful to corals, but they become deadly when the surrounding seawater is polluted with fertilizers.
The paper has also gathered attention from a number of news sources, including this article in The Climate Post, which was re-run in both National Geographic and the Huffington Post.
International news outlets have also covered the story in other languages, including German, Dutch, and Spanish.