Chris Jury
  • Chris Jury

    I grew up in Michigan, hunting turtles, frogs, and other wonderful, creepy things. In high school I became particularly interested in coral reefs and set up my first reef tank in 2001--a modest 10 gal tank. I soon upgraded that tank and, as they say, the rest is history. I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in biological oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where I investigate coral calcification and coral responses to global change.

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Monday Archives: Extreme Low Tide at Coconut Island

Monday Archives: Extreme Low Tide at Coconut Island

The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (where I perform much of my research as a graduate student) is located on Coconut Island--or Moku o Loe, in the Hawaiian--in Kāne'ohe Bay on the island of O'ahu, HI. The island is surrounded by a wonderful fringing reef with a...

On Being a Coral

On Being a Coral

By Chris Jury Introduction I like corals…a lot. I grow corals in aquaria for the fun of it, I propagate them, I buy, sell and trade them, and I study them professionally. I spend countless hours staring at them, daydreaming about them, and sometimes even literally...

Reef Disturbance and Resilience

Reef Disturbance and Resilience

By Chris Jury Photos by Simon Garratt Introduction I recall several years ago preparing my reef tank (and its caretaker) for a trip I was going on. I was to be gone three weeks. Luckily my caretaker was himself an excellent reefkeeper and my system was relatively easy...

The Great Temperature Debate, Part I

The Great Temperature Debate, Part I

By Chris Jury Introduction Is it just me, or has the weather seemed a bit odd over the last few months? This winter the Washington D.C. area was hit by storm after storm, breaking its historic seasonal snowfall record (set back in 1899!), while Vancouver, B.C. had to...

The Great Temperature Debate, Part II

The Great Temperature Debate, Part II

By Chris Jury Introduction The sun’s intensity over the last year has been at about its lowest recorded value since we began taking direct measurements, using satellites in the 1970’s. You sure wouldn’t know it given the relative warmth much of the planet has been...

The Great Temperature Debate, Part III

The Great Temperature Debate, Part III

By Chris Jury Introduction I began writing this series near the end of last winter, which was a doozy if you happened to find yourself in Eastern North America or Northern Europe. It was bloody cold and snowy too, breaking records in many places. At the same time that...

The Great Temperature Debate, Part IV

The Great Temperature Debate, Part IV

By Chris Jury Introduction Throughout this series I’ve begun by discussing the predominant temperature conditions in the tropics and subtropics, where most coral reefs grow, and in the mid-latitudes, where most of my readers live. The condition of coral reefs around...

Hawaiian megatsunamis

Hawaiian megatsunamis

Imagine a wave, a giant wave, rushing inland toward you. Imagine it keeps coming, and coming without any end in sight. You're thinking of a tsunami. Now imagine the wave is more than 1000 ft high (300 m), enough to engulf the bottom 2/3 of the Empire State Building....