Enter the fantastic undersea world of corals to learn about the variety of reproductive strategies these tiny animals use to ensure their survival. Despite their limited distribution, coral reefs are vital to the health of the world's oceans and to people living near by.
Join host Dr. Kiki Sanford as she explores the amazing life of corals with Dr. Peter Harrison, one of the world's foremost authorities on corals and their reproduction. Learn how corals utilize different reproductive means like budding, internal and external fertilization, and the remarkable phenomenon of mass spawning to enhance genetic diversity and survival. Dr. Harrison shows how a suite of reproductive techniques may help corals overcome their current decline due to human abuse and global warming.
Enhanced by high definition underwater cinematography and animated sequences, the five instructional modules provide a clear introduction to coral reproduction and coral ecology. Viewers will also learn what a coral scientist does and what it takes to become one.
THE DVD INCLUDES:
Five Video Modules
* The work of a coral reef scientist (6:00)
* Coral reef reproduction (7:00)
* Coral reef mass spawning (8:00)
* Coral repair mechanisms (6:15)
* Coral survival (6:30)
Extended Interviews with Dr. Harrison
Providing more detailed information on coral reproduction as well as related topics. Indexed by specific questions that can be individually selected.
Reviews & Awards"Recommended. Serves as an excellent audiovisual primer for anyone who is fascinated by reef critters, but especially young people who might be interested in becoming a coral reef scientist. A continuous, complete picture is laid out in the full video, yet the thread is loose enough so that a single module, or even a portion of one, is self-contained."
– Science Books & Films (AAAS)
"Recommended. Viewers will gain a thorough background in coral reproduction and learn of conditions threatening coral reefs such as global warming and pollution. The underwater film sequences are quite good and a lot of information is delivered in each six to eight-minute chapter."
– Educational Media Reviews Online
"The videos are amazingly intimate and the animated graphics do a fine job of explaining the life of the corals. The excellent underwater photography makes this program useful for the study of coral reefs and environmental science. The future of coral reefs is bleak, but the video encourages students to become involved and to consider joining the scientific forces attempting to slow or even reverse the degradation."
– School Library Journal
"Exploring Coral Reefs is sensitive to the issues and their gravity while still providing some hope within the context of individual and group action, starting with each student personally."
About Dr. Peter Harrison
Peter Harrison is Professor in Marine Ecology and Director of Marine Studies at Southern Cross University, Australia. He is internationally recognized as a pioneering researcher in coral reproduction studies. Dr. Harrison has been awarded multiple prizes for excellence in research and has a coral species named after him.
About Dr. “Kiki" Sanford
Kiki Sanford is a science educator and research scientist. Sanford is the founder and host of This Week in Science a weekly radio show/podcast broadcast from U.C. Davis. Sanford was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship in recognition of her work with her radio show.