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Coral Restoration Efforts Focus of Biology Professor’s National Geographic Blog Post

Marine ecologist and Cal Poly Biology Professor Jennifer O’Leary recently had a new blog post published in National Geographic — co-authored with Arthur Tuda. The blog tells the story of Pascal Yaa, a Kenyan octopus fisherman, who has been working for the last 40 years to restore coral reefs off the Kenyan coast. In it O’Leary writes, “One single fisherman has made a tremendous contribution to conservation of the fished reefs in Mombasa.”

 

The story ties into O’Leary’s broader research, which, as she explains on her personal website, “focuses on how human disturbance and environmental variability affect persistence and recovery of marine systems, and how we can manage complex systems for long term sustainability.” This was O’Leary’s second appearance in National Geographic this year.

 

Read the full blog post here

 

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