Bahamas National Trust trainees visit MSEL

Four trainees from the Bahamas National Trust ( are visiting the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab for a workshop to learn the basics of GIS, introduce spatial analysis tools and concepts and to provide some insights into coral reef ecology. BNT is responsible for planning and managing Bahamas National Parks, including marine protected areas.

Herbivores and Heron Island

Alyssa, Chris and Jez have been up at Heron Island for the past couple of weeks. They lucked out with amazing weather, so have decided to take full advantage of it. Working on Alyssa’s surgeonfish grazing and Chris’s coral recruitment projects, the three MSEL bandits and their two volunteers (Julia and YY) have been diving […]

Biases in fish surveys highlighted by distances of fish detection

A recent study led by Yves-Marie Bozec (MSEL postdoc) together with researchers from the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), and Agrocampus Ouest in France, investigated the ability of SCUBA divers to detect fish during underwater visual censuses (UVC). Using the distance sampling method, they show that most fish actually flee before being detected, thus […]

Fieldwork in Palau

Sonia, Jez, Alyssa and Pete were joined by Bob Steneck to work on the effects of wave exposure on coral reef processes in March 2012. They were also joined by their partners at the Palau International Coral Reef Center, Dr Yimnang Golbuu and Lukes Isechal. It was challenging work because a gradient of wave exposure […]

Doropolous et al 2012 Ecology Letters

Chris’ first PhD paper will be published in the April edition of Ecology Letters. The work describes the findings of a series of 3 month long aquarium experiments where we identified how elevated CO2 alters crustose coralline algal (CCA) community structure and reduces rates of coral settlement. Most surprisingly, we found that the only preferred settlement […]

Test post for MSEL

Peter Mumby, the project-coordinator of the international research team ‘Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment’ (Force) has conducted research together with a team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia and the American Museum of Natural History from New York into the presence and the effect of the grouper on the undesirable fish […]