NY TIMES - Scientist at Work: To Save a Coral Reef Enabler
by LUIZ ROCHA
Rocha, the curator of ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences, writes from Belize, where he conducts research on one of the world’s most endangered fish.
There’s a lion on the loose, and it’s hunting endangered prey. I’m on my way to Belize to see what I can do about it.
Belize is home to a portion of the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, the Meso-american Barrier Reef System. Hundreds of species of fish inhabit this diverse coral reef system, many of them unique to the region. This week I will conduct field work there, joining forces with a team from the Smithsonian Institution led by fish curator Carole Baldwin.
Our team will look specifically at the population status and habitat conditions of the social wrasse, Halichoeres socialis, ut why pick this one species from the hundreds to be found there? The social wrasse is currently listed as “critically endangered”…
(read more: NY Times) (photos: Luiz Rocha)