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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                                  October 2017

Autumn at the Station

Independent Research data collection has come to a close, and students are now busy at their computers as they format graphs and run statistical tests. Beach cleanups and Halloween costume crafting from beach plastics have provided respite from screen time. Last week, our Coral Reef Ecology Symbiosis and Competition dive was bittersweet, as it was the last class dive for the students. Looking ahead to November, however, the station will be gaining in momentum and excitement as the student Independent Research presentations draw near. The projects of this semester demonstrate particular excellence! 

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Coral Reef Gives the Green Light

By: Megan Siemann Today for my Coral Reef Ecology class we talked about and saw fluorescence on the reef. Most people see fluorescence every day- in highlighters, neon clothes, and under blacklight. Fluorescence is more common than you probably think (and definitely more so than I thought). What really is fluorescence though? A simple explanation is that when an object fluoresces …

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Dark Spot: Prime Suspect in Coral Death Case

Student Research Highlight: Ben Farmer   What school do you come from? Major? Academic Year? I’m from the University of Kentucky! This is my junior year as a Biology major. What question(s) does your research address? There is a coral disease called dark spots disease (DSD). I am questioning whether DSD or other diseases cause coral death on a …

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Ostracods: Sunken Stars of the Sea

By: Liza Hasan On October 9th, the students and some staff made our way to Cliff for Divers in hopes of seeing ostracods. We donned our gear and entered the water around 7pm, being careful to avoid possible box jellyfish. We descended to 50 feet and made ourselves comfortable before turning off our lights. Complete darkness is necessary to be …

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Bon Appetit: Bonaire Treats

By: Leah Wessler During the hours leading up to the student and staff cooking party, no one was more excited than the research station dog, Dushi. The aroma of stewing meat wafted through the station and led Dushi to pace the halls, whining for a taste of the kabritu stoba, a traditional Bonairean goat stew. The begging fervor increased as …

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