This database is constructed and maintained by the Laboratory of Reef-building Coral Ecogenetics, Hainan University. Our lab focuses on the genetic connectivity and population genetic structure of marine organisms (corals and shellfishes), as well as molecular marker assisted breeding. In recent years my concern is especially on the population genetics of stony corals as we know now coral reefs, the most important marine ecosystem, are declining worldwide at an unprecedented rate. The ongoing projects are: 1. Population connectivity of stony corals, which plays a fundamental role in structure, genetic diversity, and the resilience of populations, and is essential for design and management of MPA (marine protected area) networks. 2. Genetic improvement of stony corals: using molecular marker assisted breeding to develop coral stocks with enhanced stress tolerance, and by supplement and transplantation of these genetic-improved corals, we could reinforce the resilience of coral reefs. Now we are especially focusing on the massive coral Galaxea fascicularis, which is not so sensitive to temperature and probably will be a good choice for coral transplantation and restoration on the background of global warming.
Due to our limited knowledge, there must be a lot of mistakes and omissions in this database. We sincerely hope you would correct us, and, any comment and suggestion are very welcomed. You can leave a message in this website, you also can send us email, or come to Hainan and give us guidance. You are welcomed.
Yan Wang, professor in marine biology
Laboratory of Reef-building Coral Ecogenetics
Ocean College, Hainan University
58 Renmin Rd. Haikou
Hainan, 570228 China