05/06/2008 - Pew Institute for Ocean Science researcher Dr. Andrew Baker was featured on the nationally broadcast CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on Monday, May 5, on a segment entitled "Rescuing Coral From Warming Waters."
The piece featured Dr. Baker's research into whether heat-tolerant algae that live within some corals can be innoculated into less heat-tolerant corals in order to better equip them to withstand climate change. Corals are extremely heat-sensitive organisms that thrive because of a symbiotic partnership with microscopic algae, in which they provide food and protection for each other. The algae can bleach and die if water temperatures rise a degree or two above the norm, as is occurring more and more frequently in the world's oceans. Coral bleaching is one of several problems causing the decline and death of slow-growing corals around the globe.
CBS News correspondent Daniel Sieber joined Dr. Baker and his research team in Florida as they scuba dived and collected samples of corals for further study in their lab at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Dr. Baker's work is supported in part by the Pew Institute and through his Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, awarded to him in February 2008. The Fellowship provides him with $150,000 to conduct his innovative three-year project to improve coral reef health.
View the segment on CBS Evening News