About the Authors

John F Bruno

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: jbruno@unc.edu

Affiliation Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Elizabeth R Selig

Affiliation Curriculum in Ecology and Department of Marine Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Kenneth S Casey

Affiliation National Oceanographic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

Cathie A Page

Affiliation Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Bette L Willis

Affiliation Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

C. Drew Harvell

Affiliation Section of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Hugh Sweatman

Affiliation Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Amy M Melendy

Affiliation Department of Epidemiology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

JFB, ERS, BLW, and CDH conceived the project. CAP and HS collected the disease and coral cover data. JFB, ERS, and KSC developed the temperature anomaly database. AMM analyzed the data with assistance from JFB. JFB, ERS, and AMM wrote the paper with assistance from KSC, CAP, BLW, and CDH.