Bleached corals on our reef survey dives

Coral bleaching in the Florida Key’s heat wave This week I wrapped up fieldwork with the US Geological Society for our collaborative Protect Our Reefs’ research projects aiming to quantify carbonate accretion and calcification on the Florida Reef Tract. Using the Reef Budget methodology we were measuring benthic cover and fish / invertebrate abundance to calculate carbonate …

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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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Coral Conservation Society at Reef Futures 2022

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 …

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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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Community engagement in reef restoration

Reef Futures 2018: Community engagement in reef restoration As a student volunteer at the first Reef Futures conference, in Key Largo 2018, I presented a poster, Community engagement supports the scientific integrity of reef restoration.  Powered By EmbedPress Thank you to the University of Glasgow School of Geography, SAGES, Coral Conservation Society, and the Coral Restoration …

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