Grant success: RGC Early Career Scheme

Dr Wyatt has been awarded an Early Career Scheme (ECS) grant by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong to continue his exploration of internal waves over coral reefs, focusing on how internal-wave exposure influences the ecological structure and function of several of the | Click for More →

New paper on island mass effects around Moorea (James et. al., Front. Mar. Sci.)

An Island Mass Effect Resolved Near Moorea, French Polynesia Anna K. James1, Libe Washburn1, Chris Gotschalk1, Stéphane Maritorena2, Alice Alldredge1, Craig E. Nelson3, James L. Hench4, James J. Leichter5, Alex S. Wyatt6 and Craig A. Carlson1 1Department of Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology, University of | Click for More →

Internal-wave cooling – hope for coral reefs

Global heating threats to coral reefs have received significant attention in the literature and media. In a new study across the Pacific Ocean, we show widespread cooling of reefs by internal waves – a ubiquitous process reducing heating accumulation in potential refuge habitats. Adapted from | Click for More →

New paper on internal-wave cooling of coral reefs (Wyatt et. al., Nat. Geosci.)

Heat accumulation on coral reefs mitigated by internal waves Alex S.J. Wyatt1,2*, James J. Leichter3, Lauren T. Toth4, Toshihiro Miyajima2, Richard B. Aronson5, Toshi Nagata2 1Department of Ocean Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong. 2Atmosphere and | Click for More →

Grant success: KAKENHI Early-Career Scientist grant to Dr Wyatt

Dr Wyatt has been awarded an Early-Career Scientist (KAKENHI) grant by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to clarify several mysteries surrounding the critically threatened whale shark. The research aims to quantify the global prevalence of foraging specialisation, fasting and herbivory, and | Click for More →

Chemically unravelling mysteries surrounding the world’s largest fish

Foraging, starvation and herbivory in the globally threatened whale shark Whale sharks, filter feeding sharks that travel tropical oceans in search of their microscopic prey, are globally threatened. Despite being the world’s largest fish, reaching over 12 m in length and 21 tonnes, many facets | Click for More →

New paper on multi-tissue isotopic insights into the whale shark (Wyatt et. al., Ecol. Mongr.)

Enhancing insights into foraging specialization in the world’s largest fish using a multi-tissue, multi-isotope approach Alex S.J. Wyatt1*, Rui Matsumoto2, Yoshito Chikaraishi3, Yosuke Miyairi1, Yusuke Yokoyama1, Keiichi Sato4, Nao Ohkouchi3, Toshi Nagata1 1Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan. 2Okinawa | Click for More →

2018 Sumitomo Foundation grant awarded

The Sumitomo Foundation has awarded a 2018 Environmental Research Grant (環境研究助成) to support work by Dr Wyatt and colleagues aimed at experimentally demonstrating the role of internal waves in providing beaching relief to threatened reef corals. Title: Can internal wave-induced cooling save corals? Experimental verification of | Click for More →