Month: May 2020

A Note on the Listserv

CPN members have been added to our listserv ( We will use the listserv to communicate with you through newsletters, and post information about upcoming events such as field courses and annual meetings, as well as CPN output such as webinars. We also hope that you will embrace the listserv as tool to communicate with the network. Please submit posts to the listserv when you would like to share something or solicit advice from the community. As we evolve the network, we might explore additional avenues and platforms for member communication and community building. We welcome your suggestions on how to grow and maintain the network as a community.

Network Members Areas of Expertise

As of May 2020, our network includes 357 members. Most of our members volunteered optional information when filling out the enrollment form. Thank you! Here is a summary of who we are in terms of our expertise, geographic regions of interest, and the primary organisms we study.

underwater image of Caribbean coral

Research Highlight: Human activities and Caribbean corals

If coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea, then corals from the Acropora genus are the tall canopy trees. Acroporids typically grow much faster and taller than other corals and play an outsized role in reef habitat complexity and carbonate production. Although Indo-Pacific reefs contain about 150 Acropora species, Caribbean reefs only contain two: the branching elkhorn (A. palmata) and staghorn corals (A. cervicornis). These two corals therefore have VIP status on Caribbean reefs.