New paper links European colonization, parrotfish decline in Caribbean coral reefs

Katie Cramer, the Program Lead for Coral Reef Conservation at the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, has a new paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution titled “Historical declines in parrotfish on Belizean coral reefs linked to shifts in reef exploitation following European colonization.” Dr. Cramer and her co-authors have linked European colonization to parrotfish population declines in the Mesoamerican Reef. These parrotfish declines have resulted in a slowdown of coral growth in the region, which has had major ramifications for humans and wildlife living in this region. For more information, check out the article on Dr. Cramer’s research published by ASU News.