Neil Bruce of the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Australia
inspects a sampling aquarium at Lizard Island and its haul of coral-dwelling animals collected from the Great Barrier Reef.
Teams of scientists, including Bruce, recently conducted a four-year survey of life along the reef. They reported in September 2008 that they have found hundreds of species that could be new to science.
Bruce is also part of a team developing new sampling methods to help standardize surveys of coral reef diversity around the world.
For example, researchers set up layered plastic structures, likened to empty dollhouses, for marine life to colonize at Lizard Island and other sites. The structures could facilitate future discoveries.
Photograph courtesy Gary Cranitch/Queensland Museum/copyright 2008