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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                                April 2016

Spring Semester is Coming to an End!

The Spring Semester is wrapping up here at CIEE Research Station Bonaire. Our students are working hard on their individual research projects and preparing their student publication Physis. In this edition of our newsletter you can read about our featured student research project, CIEE's trip to the Benthic Ecology Meeting, visiting researchers from the University of Indiana, local conservation efforts on Bonaire, our new full-face masks, and our Spring Poster Session!

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Independent Student Research Feature: Sam Barrett

Independent Student Research Feature: Sam Barrett

 

What question(s) does your research address?
My research examined the temporal dynamics of fish assemblage on artificial reefs. Two structures were placed right next to the reef crest, and two were placed further inshore on the sand flat. The aim of this research is to add more understanding on the proper placement of artificial reefs as an extension to a natural reef ecosystem and how this can maximize long-term stability to reef fish populations by providing additional habitat to juvenile fish.

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CIEE Research Station Bonaire Goes to The Benthic Ecology Meeting!

By: Austin Lin

The CIEE Research Station Bonaire (CIEE RSB) taps into more than just education and outreach, we sustain numerous on-going research projects by our students and staff. With that in mind, the research faculty of CIEE RSB traveled to the 45th Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) in Portland, Maine. This three-day scientific conference is one of the most prominent scientific meetings for marine scientists in North America, hosting numerous venues that feature different areas of research in marine benthic ecology. The goal of the meeting is to exchange information about marine benthic ecology and educate future benthic ecologists with recent research. As a fellow participant of BEM, CIEE RSB invited alumni to present their work at BEM as a form of career development. BEM was the perfect event for achieving CIEE RSB’s mission statement of providing educational opportunities and collaborating with ongoing research and conservation efforts.

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Visiting Researchers from Indiana University!

By Amy Gosney and Hayley Erickson

In March CIEE Research Station Bonaire was joined by professor Chip Glaholt and two of his students from Indiana University (IU). They were here to study a relatively new monitoring technique that uses eDNA (environmental DNA) to tell what species of organisms are in a given environment at a given point in time. For aquatic environments this can be done by collecting water samples and matching DNA found in the water sample to the target species. If the DNA found in the water sample matches the target species’ DNA, you know that the target species is present in that environment.

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Simple, yet effective, conservation efforts on Bonaire!

By Nathaniel Hanna Holloway

If you have visited Bonaire and driven around the island you will see a number of yellow rocks along the side of the road. Some have things like “Angel City”, “Karpata”, and “Oil Slick” written on them; these mark the many wonderful dive sites around the island. Others have notices like “No Drenta” (“No Entry” in Papiamentu, the language spoken here on Bonaire) and “Niet Duiken” (“No Diving” in Dutch, the official language of Bonaire) written on them. In fact, the messages “Do Not Enter” and “No Diving” are written in six different languages (Papiamentu, English, Dutch, Spanish, German and Portuguese) on yellow rocks placed at different conservation areas across the island.

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Full-face masks are finally here!

By Marc Tsagaris

CIEE Research Station Bonaire (CIEE RSB) is excited to announce the station’s newest gear acquisition – full-face masks with communication capabilities. The CIEE dive team is preparing to train our staff in the use of this new fantastic tool in our upcoming semester programs. Instructors and T.A.’s will wear full-face masks having 2-way communication while students wear a listen-only device that attaches directly to their normal dive masks.

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Spring 2016 Poster Session!

By Astrid Verstappen – De Jager Spring semester 2016 is running to an end, and that means its time for student presentations! Last Tuesday evening, our spring 2016 students completed their Cultural & Environmental History of Bonaire course with a dazzling poster presentation. There were a great variety of subjects that really encompassed our local Bonairian culture. Amongst these topics …

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