Elizabeth Mcleod

Lizzie-McleodDr. Lizzie Mcleod is the Conservancy’s Climate Adaptation Scientist for the Asia Pacific region. She has spent the last decade focusing on the impacts of climate change on tropical marine ecosystems. She helped to develop TNC’s Reef Resilience toolkit, coordinates science for resilient marine protected area (MPA) network design (e.g., global climate change modeling, coral reef vulnerability assessments), and leads workshops to develop adaptation strategies for sea level rise and ocean acidification. She is currently focusing on expanding resilience principles to address other systems (mangroves, seagrasses, turtle nesting beaches) and working to integrate these into MPA planning and management. She develops tools and guidance for assessing the vulnerability of tropical marine ecosystems and coastal communities to increasing SSTs, sea level rise, and ocean acidification. She conducted her PhD at the University of Hawaii and has published extensively on building resilience into MPA design and management, climate change and ocean acidification impacts on communities and ecosystems, and modeling the impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities and habitats.


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Ocean Acidification: The Next Big Threat to Coral Reefs?

As if the long list of threats to coral reefs weren’t enough, we can now add ocean acidification to the list.

Perhaps you’ve seen the gloomy headlines likeOcean Acidification: ‘Evil Twin’ Threatens World’s Oceans, Scientists Warn.

Perhaps it is no wonder that folks think coral reef scientists are never finished “crying wolf” about the next global challenge threatening to wipe out coral reef ecosystems.

How serious is this threat and what can we do to address it? To answer these questions, we decided to enlist the help of some global acidification experts. But first, we have to understand the problem.

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