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Coral reefs are sometimes called the “rainforests of the sea” – lush ecosystems filled with diverse life. But global warming is putting reefs in grave danger. And as the world continues to warm, the situation is becoming dire.

Today’s students will need to work on solutions. So to prepare their marine biology students, Unity College in Maine is providing special training.

Eaton: “We are looking at how to integrate marine biology, mathematics and writing together to create an experience that allows students to better apply mathematical tools to marine biology issues.”

That’s Carrie Diaz Eaton, an associate professor of mathematics. She says the initiative provides marine biology students with skills they would not otherwise get in their core classes.

For example, they’ll use mathematical modeling to calculate the risks coral reefs face from global warming.

They will also practice writing in their math and science classes to learn how to better communicate their scientific findings.

This interdisciplinary approach is helping prepare Unity’s graduates to join today’s workforce, and make a difference in the fight to save coral reefs.

Reporting credit: Analeah Rosen/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

Bud Ward

Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...