TitleLarge geographic variability in the resistance of corals to thermal stress
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMcClanahan TR, Maina JM, Darling ES, Guillaume MM, Muthiga N, D’agata S, Leblond J, Arthur R, Jupiter SD, Wilson S, Mangubhai S, Ussi AM, Humphries AT, Patankar V, Shedrawi G, Julius P, Ndagala J, Grimsditch G
JournalGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
Date Published10/2020

Predictions for the future of coral reefs are largely based on thermal exposure and poorly account for potential geographic variation in biological sensitivity to thermal stress. Without accounting for complex sensitivity responses, simple climate exposure models and associated predictions may lead to poor estimates of future coral survival and lead to policies that fail to identify and implement the most appropriate interventions. To begin filling this gap, we evaluated a number of attributes of coral taxa and communities that are predicted to influence coral resistance to thermal stress over a large geographic range.