MCR and SBC LTER graduate and undergraduate students hosted an informational booth featuring MCR site science at the 2014 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. Designed to raise public awareness about the current status and trends of coral and temperate reefs worldwide, younger visitors to the exhibit enjoyed reef related games and crafts while older visitors were offered an opportunity to speak with SBC and MCR LTER graduate students about a variety of issues affecting coastal ecosystems.
- Sunday, April 27, 2014
- Monday, March 31, 2014
The long term survey begun by ecologist Joseph H. Connell in 1963 and carried on by the current generation is featured in an article in the March 2014 issue of Natural History. Originally studying the reefs, "like corals, rainforest plant communities contain a high diversity of sessile organisms, so the fates of individuals can be tracked over time."
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Moorea Coral Reef LTER site Co-PIs Robert Carpenter and Peter Edmunds nearly $1.9 million to further their study of the effects ocean acidification on coral reefs. The NSF grant for $1,892,911 will allow Carpenter and Edmunds to take their project to the next level. For the first time, a yearlong experiment will use replicated outdoor water flumes with different carbon dioxide treatments.
- Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Ninth Annual MCR LTER All-Investigator meeting brought together investigators, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, technicians and information managers from multiple disciplines across the country to UCSB to discuss their collaborative research on coral reef ecology. The two-day meeting began with a welcome and overview of the MCR LTER project by Lead Investigator, Russ Schmitt. Research presentation followed and focused on research related to the two current overarching themes of the MCR LTER program: ‘Resilience of Contemporary Reefs’ and ‘Reefs of the Future’.