Range Expansion in Staghorn Coral

Another interesting post over at Sea Monster, this one on range expansions in staghorn coral (Zack Jud took the picture right in front of the Fort Lauderdale strip, of all places).

North Carolina State graduate student Stephanie Buhler will be simulating new staghorn growth on our artificial reefs around Abaco.  May help us predict future changes in reef communities as these staghorn fragments are outplanted from nurseries.  Does anyone know of some healthy patches of staghorn around Abaco that Stephanie could check out?

By | 2014-08-13T22:28:26-05:00 April 17th, 2014|Categories: Coral, Global change|0 Comments

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My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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