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Coral WhisperersScientists on the Brink$
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Irus Braverman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520298842

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520298842.001.0001

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The Cinderella of Corals

The Cinderella of Corals

An Interview with J Murray Roberts

(p.184) The Cinderella of Corals
Coral Whisperers

Irus Braverman

University of California Press

J Murray Roberts is a professor of applied marine biology and ecology in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His main research focus is deep-sea, or cold-water, corals. I interviewed him by Skype on January 27, 2016, and then over breakfast at a café in Edinburgh on April 20, 2016—in between two of his long excursions into the deep sea. I contemplated joining him on one of these excursions, but after finding out that this might require jumping out of a helicopter into the ocean, I thought better of the idea. I was interested in hearing from Roberts why deep-sea coral reefs were not really recognized as reefs by many coral conservation scientists (in his words, they are “Cinderella species”) and how the material differences between deep- and shallow-water corals play out in terms of regulatory regimes and in the relationship between scientists and lawyers in particular. In his focus on the Cinderella of the coral world, rather than her more glamorous and visible tropical sisters, Roberts’s narrative is an outlier. But then so are all of the other interchapter interviews, in significantly different ways....

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