The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Centre and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have signed two research agreements to investigate the impacts of extreme conditions in the Gulf region on the physiology, ecology and behaviour of local fish species, in addition to understanding the effects of temperature and salinity extremes on coral bleaching.

The first collaborative research projects between both entities aim to maintain biodiversity and develop proactive approaches to mitigate the broader consequences. The collaboration will leverage the expertise and resources of both institutions to better understand the unique marine ecosystems of the Gulf and address critical scientific questions.

Dr Elise Marquis, Director of the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Centre, said: "We are delighted to work closely with NYU Abu Dhabi’s marine ecology research team. Our shared commitment to marine science research will undoubtedly result in new crucial information and will benefit not only the scientific community but also the preservation of the Gulf’s ecosystem."

John Burt, Associate Professor of Biology and Programme Head for Environmental Studies at NYUAD, said: "The experimental research aquarium infrastructure at Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Centre provides an excellent opportunity to perform environmentally controlled, finely tuned experiments to understand how marine fauna cope with and respond to the future environmental conditions expected under climate change. This collaboration will serve as the springboard for a whole portfolio of exciting research that would not be possible without access to this amazing research infrastructure".