How to make an artificial reef in a few "simple" steps….

Do some preliminary surveys…..

Find a barge….

Barge on shore

Make sure the barge doesn’t drop the pallet of blocks on your head….

Lowering blocks

Re-arrange blocks in a blur of sediment, smashing fingers as you go…..

Cloudy blocks

Bring out the mysterious underwater epoxy….


Glue sub-sections together…..

Block Assembly

Admire your effort…..

Prowd blocks


Complete reef

And the fish will come…wrasses were the first to celebrate reef construction….

First reef visitor

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:36-05:00 May 13th, 2014|Categories: Artificial Reefs|1 Comment

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Craig Layman
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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    Enie May 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    This is a fabulous series of photos. I am so excited for this project developing over the summer AND The Caribbean! Can’t wait to see what fish settle in.

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