Tropical cyclone Olie passed close to Moorea in early 2010, significantly reducing the cover of live coral on the fore reef and to differing degrees around the island. This “natural experiment” provides MCR scientists with an unparalleled opportunity to study the processes that influence the recovery of coral reefs from the effects of large disturbances.
- Thursday, February 4, 2010
- Monday, November 30, 2009
On November 17-18, 2009, the MCR LTER site held its annual two day investigator meeting. MCR LTER Principal and Associate investigators, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and technicians met to discuss results of time-series and process studies and to draft the renewal proposal. Highlights of the meeting included poster presentations by graduate students. A meeting of the graduate students was held the day before. To see the group picture, click here.
- Sunday, April 19, 2009
MCR LTER scientists, graduate students, and Outreach staff joined 240 exhibitors at the Community Environmental Council’s 2009 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on April 19th to raise awareness about LTER research and the global health of coral reefs. The festival attracted almost 14,000 people, who were able to stop by to ask questions, view informational posters, color pictures of coral reef animals, and discuss issues with MCR LTER representatives.
- Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Washington Accelerated Elementary School fourth and fifth graders made the trip on February 17th from Pasadena, CA to the REEF at UCSB in collaboration with the Moorea Coral Reef LTER. The 700 gallon Research Tank at the REEF features a new Coral Reef Exhibit, which acts as a platform to discuss coral reef research and compare coral reef ecosystems to the Californian rocky reefs studied by the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER. Fourth graders at Washington Accelerated learn about coral reefs in the classroom through food web and ecosystem curriculum developed by MCR LTER Education and Outreach staff.