Joseph Pawlik Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Spreading to Turks And Caicos, Says UNCW's Joe Pawlik By Rachel Lewis Hilburn • Feb 14, 2020 Pawlik Lab Listen Listening... / 4:02 Listen here. Coral reefs are dying in the Caribbean. It’s especially alarming in the Turks and Caicos because the cause appears to be a rapidly-spreading new disease that started in Florida. CoastLine: Sponges Proliferate Across Ocean Floor As Corals Die By Rachel Lewis Hilburn • Jun 26, 2019 Abby Wood / Coral REEF Lab Listen Listening... / 50:01 Listen to CoastLine here. Coral reefs are among the clearest harbingers of climate change. That’s because they live at the upper end of their thermal spectrum – which means they’re sensitive to slight changes.