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Coral conservation in a warming world must harness evolutionary adaptation

To facilitate evolutionary adaptation to climate change, we must protect networks of coral reefs that span a range of environmental conditions — not just apparent ‘refugia’.

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Fig. 1: Goals and actions for evolutionarily informed coral conservation.
Fig. 2: Managing across thermal gradients to facilitate evolutionary adaptation.


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This research was made possible by funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

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Colton, M.A., McManus, L.C., Schindler, D.E. et al. Coral conservation in a warming world must harness evolutionary adaptation. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 1405–1407 (2022).

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