A Fulbright year in the Florida Keys

Everyone says it the same thing: The Florida Keys are a special place. But what does that really mean? Weekends in the Florida Keys are spent on the boat, collecting crab traps, floating at the sandbar, bathing in the warm sunshine. During the week life isn’t much different; sunset paddles, coconut shrimp, and happy hour drinks overlooking …

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Akumal’s Coral spawning 2023

Each summer in Akumal, Mexico, with the CORALIUM Laboratory of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Coral Conservation Society, and Secore International we conduct coral spawning dives, collect coral gametes, and produce larvae for research and conservation efforts. Our team of divers and citizen scientists from Akumal Dive Center dive night after night around the last full moon of the …

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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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Coral Conservation Society at Reef Futures 2022

Attending Reef Futures 2022 was a unique experience; not only as the first in-person meeting after the pandemic, but also due to one the strongest hurricanes of recent years hitting Florida and causing travel chaos and devastation. The talks and conversations about the coastal protection value of coral reefs, and the impacts of climate change …

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Reef metabolism

Measuring the metabolism of coral reefs and other ecosystems can give insight into the function and interactive processes taking place. These processes form the basis for carbon cycling in coral reefs. Organic carbon production is achieved via photosynthesis and respiration, while inorganic carbon is locked into the reef matrix through the process of calcification in …

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