RESEARCH ON THE REEF: FORMER MCR 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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CLEANING UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
A small fish changes an ecosystem
Tom Adam (UCSB)

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WATCHING EACH OTHER'S BACK:
Mutualists help each other face the world
Gerick Bergsma (UCSB)
 
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BATTLE FOR REEF DOMINATION:
Flow regulated outcomes of coral-algal competition
Anya Brown (CSUN)

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ADAPT OR PERISH:
Maintaining coral growth rates in an increasingly acidic ocean
Darren Brown (CSUN)
 
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PREDICTING THE FUTURE:
Computers simulate relationships in nature
Kate Buenau (UCSB)

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WHEN FISH ATTACK:
Corals favor regeneration over colony growth
Caitlin Cameron (CSUN)

 
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CORALS LOVE SUNLIGHT:
But they also need it!
Nick Colvard (CSUN)

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GROWTH AND SURVIVAL:
Decreases in ocean pH impact coral skeletons
Aaron Dufault (CSUN)

 
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COOL BREEZE ON A HOT DAY:
Corals respond to water motion
Will Goldenheim (CSUN)

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SEDIMENT INVASION:
How land based sediments affect coral-algal interactions
Jenn Gowan (CSUN)

 
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A PLACE TO SETTLE DOWN:
Seawater temperature affects coral recruitment
Danny Green (CSUN)

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT:
Inferring a fish's diet from its' body
Kate Hansen (UCSD)

 
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TOO ACIDIC FOR ALGAE?:
Seaweeds react to climate change
Maggie Johnson (CSUN)

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CRASHING THE PARTY:
Competitors not welcome in the coral thicket
Michele Johnson (UCSB)

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GROWING PAINS:
The changing climate affects coral growth
Nancy Muehllehner (CSUN)

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BURIED ALIVE:
The effects of sediments on corals
Jackie Padilla-Gamino (UH/HIMB)

 
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THE SECRETS OF REEF REAL ESTATE:
Location, location, location
Abigail Poray (CSUN)

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SOME LIKE IT HOT, OR NOT?:
Corals react to climate change
Hollie Putnum (UH)

 
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SEEKING REFUGE:
Seaweeds find a place to hide from herbivores
Melissa Spitler (CSUN)

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LIFE'S TOUGH CHOICES:
Seaweeds carefully choose how they spend their energy
Stephanie Talmadge (CSUN)

 
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GONE FISHING:
Harvesting impacts entire populations
Annie Yau (UCSB)

CURRENT GRADUATE RESEARCH
To see research done by current 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.

 

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