130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

Ocean floor image. Photo courtesy of the researchers

Ocean floor image. Photo courtesy of the researchers

Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen pollution far out in the open ocean?

A 130-year-old brain coral has provided the answer, at least for the North Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States.