University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content
Official UB news and information for the media

Hurricanes Irma and Maria take toll on coral reefs

Published December 27, 2017

BBC Newsday covered a recent research trip that Howard Lasker, professor of geology, took to inspect the damage that Caribbean coral reefs sustained following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In the Independent, Lasker said: “Hurricanes generate huge waves. The effect is like sandblasting — the waves carry sand and debris, such as bits of broken coral, onto the reefs, striking them over and over again.” 

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05s5bty

Media Contact Information

Media Relations (University Communications)
330 Crofts Hall (North Campus)
Buffalo, NY 14260-7015
Tel: 716-645-6969
Fax: 716-645-3765
ub-news@buffalo.edu