Four trainees from the Bahamas National Trust (http://www.bnt.bs/) 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.
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 Alyssaâs surgeonfish grazing and Chrisâs coral recruitment projects, the three MSEL bandits and their two volunteers (Julia and YY) have been diving […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Chris Doropolous is at Heron Island Research Station until late February 2011 looking at the effects of ocean acidification on recruitment and juvenile stages of coral growth. More updates as work progresses.
Fieldwork in Belize
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 […]