Today was the ZGSA Symposium at NC State North Carolina and we had some fabulous talks and posters from the Zoology and Entomology graduate students. Here is a poster of a project I will be doing along the eastern shore of Abaco starting this May. Here I will use artificial reef to ask if branched coral structure promotes large fish assemblages which in turn, produce ideal conditions for coral growth. Based on previous research from the Layman lab and others, healthy coral reef fish assemblages may produce the right nutrients for corals (yes, fish pee is always on our minds) and reduce their competitors by grazing macro-algae. I will continue to use the PVC structures to imitate branched coral and in addition, I will deploy 3 coral propagules (coral fragments found locally on the sea bottom naturally detatched from its main coralhead) on each reef to measure coral health overtime. More to come soon!