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Disease Wastes South Florida’s Corals, Despite End of Bleaching

David Gilliam, Ph.D.

David Gilliam, Ph.D.

According to the Sun Sentinel, a mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life.

In a recent interview with the Sun Sentinel, David Gilliam, Ph.D., assistant professor, NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, said “We have an ever-increasing population and an ever-increasing drive toward economic growth and all that leads to more stresses on the reefs, more port dredging, we have to maintain our beaches, more runoff associated with more people. I think it’s just reached the point where we have this disease event.”

 

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