RESEARCH ON THE REEF: MCR LTER GRADUATE STUDENTS AT WORK

Scientists are like detectives, searching for clues to find out more about the world around us. Graduate student researchers in Moorea investigate how corals, other animals, and algae on the reef interact with each other and their environment. Click on the pictures below to find out what these students are discovering about coral reefs.

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THIS ALGAE IS TOO BIG!:
Size related vulnerability to herbivory may faciliate phase shifts on coral reefs
Sammy Davis (UCSB)

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BETTER TOGETHER:
Understanding how young coral and CCA are affected by ocean acidification
Ananda Ellis (CSUN)
 
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THE FUTURE KING OF CORALS:
How climate change may influence coral competition
Nick Evensen (CSUN)

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SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?:
Variation in long black-spined urchins
Xueying Shirley Han (UCSB)
 
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SLOW AND STEADY DOES NOT ALWAYS WIN THE RACE:
Climate change impacts on coral-algal competition
Maureen Ho (CSUN)

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CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
How reefs will turn and face OA
Beth Lenz (CSUN)

 
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WE GROW MORE AS A CLOSE FAMILY:
How coral reef fish group size and habitat influence growth
Jessica Nielson (UCSB)

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CORAL CALCIFY COLORFULLY?:
How light and color influence corals Jennifer Smolenski (CSUN)

 
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SMALL MOLECULES ARE A BIG DEAL:
Differences in coral metabolites
Maggie Sogin (UH/HIMB)

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A CONSTANT BATTLE:
Sea urchins help corals fight for space
Stella Swanson (UCSB)

 
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WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?:
Connectivity of coral reef animals
Eric Tong (UH/HIMB)

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NOT SO BORING EFFECTS OF BIVALVES:
How climate change may change coral reef erosion
Lauren Valentino (CSUN)

 
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DEALING WITH DAMAGE:
The effects of ocean acidification and damage on corals.
Alex Yarid (CSUN)

PAST GRADUATE RESEARCH
To see research done by past Moorea Coral Reef LTER graduate students, please click here.

** The MCR LTER acknowledges Robin Pelc for compiling the graduate student research summaries for this website.