CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Research on the worldwide decline in coral reefs will take center stage at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, May 9.

Rebecca Vega-Thurber investigates the microbial ecology of reefs in the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Pacific and will describe what she has learned about how microbes influence reef health.

"Coral species differ in their susceptibility to bleaching and disease, but these differences are only partially explained by the evolutionary history of corals," said Vega-Thurber, an assistant professor of microbiology at Oregon State University.

The Science Pub is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

Better understanding of the coral microbiome, Vega-Thurber added, could lead to new methods for conserving reefs.

In addition to her presentation, the Science Pub will offer a preview of scenes from "Saving Atlantis," a new movie about the worldwide Coral Microbiome Project.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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Rebecca Vega-Thurber, rebecca.vega-thurber@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1851