March 2023

Coral reproduction

Each summer, I participate in the CORALIUM activities collecting coral spawn for research and conservation. In 2016, I trained with the team of Dr Banaszak and Secore International for a month-long intensive course on coral sexual reproduction at the UNAM in Puerto Morelos. The following year, I initiated a coral spawn monitoring program with Akumal …

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Deoxygenation

In 2022, I completed a 6-week University of Glasgow -Smithsonian institute knowledge exchange research visit at the Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce [https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/smithsonian-marine-station], where I learned how to set up and maintain their 24-tank mesocosm system to run experiments on ocean deoxygenation. The system has 24 individual closed system tanks, each one with independent control …

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Tracking Calcification

Coral reefs are built over thousands of years by scleractinian corals which calcify calcium carbonate skeletons. Calcification can be measured through different methods, but one of the least invasive methods is through measuring the chemistry of the water surrounding a calcifying organism or community to detect changes in alkalinity. Calcification in seawater can be detected …

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