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

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.