SciCafe: Coral Climate Secrets

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Small fish swim amongst large branches of staghorn coral. Staghorn coral at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
G. McFall/NOAA
Coral skeletons are invaluable archives of their environments.

Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin uses coral geochemistry to understand ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate behavior, and pollution histories going back hundreds of years.  

Join Goodkin to learn how she and her collaborators are sampling and analyzing coral skeletons in both the Atlantic Ocean and the South China Sea, extracting information by using paleoclimate proxies—stable isotopes—to reconstruct the climate of the last 500 years. 

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