Scientists discover large tract of Staghorn coral off Florida coast

Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) is an important habitat forming coral throughout the Caribbean. Unfortunately, it has also experienced dramatic declines throughout the region. Recently researchers from Nova Southeastern University discovered over 38 acres of apparently healthy Staghorn coral off of the coast of Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This discovery is an amazing reminder to never stop exploring. You can read a news story about the discovery here

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By | 2014-12-30T10:56:32-05:00 December 30th, 2014|Categories: Coral|0 Comments

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Stephanie Archer
My interests broadly lie at the intersection of community and ecosystem ecology. Specifically I am interested in the roles animals play in altering nutrient availability in nearshore habitats and how abiotic conditions, and anthropogenic alteration of those conditions, alters the importance of animals’ roles. For my dissertation research I am looking at the importance of sponges in seagrass beds from the scale of a specific species interaction to the whole ecosystem.

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