Coral Reef Resilience in a Changing Ocean: the Importance of Unimpacted Baselines

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Marisla Foundation
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Climate Change Science
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Marine Conservation, Policy and Education

The Marine Science Institute at University of California Santa Barbara requests continued funding to maintain research collaborations with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (PANWR). Our goal is that high-quality scientific research and academic rigor are applied to TNC's conservation programs and FWS's management for Palmyra. Our research objectives are geared towards applied scientific approaches to conservation/restoration—with information gained at Palmyra applied locally as well as to more impacted reef systems globally. To this end, we aim to continue close collaborations with colleagues in Moorea, French Polynesia and reef managers worldwide.