Palau International Coral Reef Centre regional workshop on data analysis

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) conducted a one-week workshop on data management, analysis and presentation to participants from Yap, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Palau.  The workshop ran from  October 28th to November 1st. PICRC and University of Queensland Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Christopher Doropoulos, conducted the workshop. Participants included Lincoln Rehm from Palau, Jorg Anson and […]

My internship at MSEL – Tatiana Neves

I had the great opportunity of spending a part of my PhD on an internship at MSEL. I went to University of Queensland supported by a Brazilian program CAPES – Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior where students have the opportunity to do lab work and discuss their thesis topics with experts in […]

Volunteering at MSEL – Elisa V. S. Menck

Elisa V. S. Menck, Bachelor in Oceanography at the University of São Paulo, Brazil “Study Abroad” program at UQ My time at MSEL- During the period I studied at UQ I had the great opportunity to volunteer at MSEL and after coming back to Brazil, I can say it was one of the highlights of […]

Typhoon Bopha in Palau, Micronesia

MSEL have returned to Palau in 2013 to start a new project on factors controlling coral recruitment, and revisiting the Palauan reefs after the category 5 super-typhoon ‘Bopha‘ passed south of the Island in December 2012. The impact on the exposed eastern reefs is severe, and in some cases devastating:   Although fortunately the Western […]

Size matters in competition between corals and macroalgae

New MSEL paper published in Marine Ecology Progress Series by Rena, Manuel and Pete shows that for corals and macroalgae, size matters! ABSTRACT: Corals and macroalgae compete for space, but the influence of species and size on the competitive outcome is poorly understood. Using a manipulative experiment, we evaluated the effect of macroalgal competition on the […]

GBR Connectivity

Karlo Hock was hosted by Dr. Scott Condie and The Southern Management Strategy Evaluation and Ecosystem Modelling group at CSIRO’s Marine and Atmospheric Research facilities in Hobart, Tasmania. Dr. Condie and his group have been developing high-resolution particle tracking models for the Great Barrier Reef ecoregion. Karlo will use the results of the particle-tracking models […]

Heron Island CCA identification workshop, with Bob Steneck

Some MSEL members and colleagues (Maggie, Catalina, K-le, and James) were recently lucky to have Professor Bob Steneck run a workshop for us at Heron Island on crustose coralline algae (CCA) identification. Workshop participants were first treated to an enlightening introductory seminar by Bob entitled: “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone: the […]

Coral spawning in the Caribbean

Chris Doropoulos has joined Nancy Knowlton’s team at the Smithsonian’s Bocas del Toro research station, Panama, to assist with the annual spawning event of the Montastrea annularis complex. Nancy Knowlton and Don Levitan have been recording the spawning times of around 500 marked colonies of M. annularis, M. faveolatus, and M. franksii, for approximately 18 […]