Ocean Climate Lab

Tree rings and deep-sea corals: Coral skeletons teach Foster Scholar Carina Fish about the past ocean

December 10, 2018

Deep-sea corals have some things in common with trees. As their branches grow, corals document the minute details of ocean chemistry in ring patterns like those in tree trunks. And like certain trees, some coral species can live for hundreds or even thousands of years, preserving their recording of past conditions. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar Carina Fish uncovers the records kept by deep-sea corals in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary for her Ph.D. at University of California, Davis.

Tessa Hill, Ph.D.

  • CMSI Associate Director of Public Engagement
  • College of Letters and Science
  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
Bodega Marine Laboratory
University of California Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, PO Box 247, 2099 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay CA 94923