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Corals and Climate

Nick Jachowski interned at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he examined the effects of climate change on coral reefs in Bermuda.  Nick CT scanned brain corals and analyzed their skeletal growth patterns.  He then created a computer program that calculated the yearly growth rate of the corals and analyzed the growth rate data to determine which environmental factors could have caused growth fluctuations.  Nick found that growth rates in the corals have been decreasing since the 1950s, which coincides with increasing sea surface temperatures.  He presented his findings at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Nick recalls his internship as the highlight of his undergraduate career.