Stephanie Archer

About 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.

Mapping the Mangrove Die-off

With the help of Dr. Chandra Giri of the US Geological Survey, we have begun to map the mangrove die-off in the Marls. Using Landsat images, or high resolution satellite images, and principles based on the optic properties of healthy vegetation we can calculate an index called the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, or NDVI. NDVI ranges from -1 to 1 […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:16-05:00 March 31st, 2015|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Plants, The Marls|Comments Off on Mapping the Mangrove Die-off

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 […]

By | 2014-12-30T10:56:32-05:00 December 30th, 2014|Categories: Coral|Comments Off on Scientists discover large tract of Staghorn coral off Florida coast

Annual Closed Season for Nassau Grouper

Good news! The Bahamian government has established a closed season (no fishing or possession allowed) for Nassau grouper from December 1st- February 28 this year and EVERY YEAR from here on out. You can read more about this closure here and here. This is great news for Bahamian coral reefs! We have posted about Nassau grouper before and you […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:30-05:00 December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Current Events, Endangered species, Enforcement, Fish, Regulations|Comments Off on Annual Closed Season for Nassau Grouper

NOAA seeking public comments on listing the Nassau Grouper as threatened

The Nassau Grouper is an incredibly important species throughout the Caribbean culturally, economically, and ecologically. Unfortunately, their numbers have also declined dramatically throughout the Caribbean. The US Government is considering listing the Nassau Grouper as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and is looking for public comments. We have posted a lot of information about the Nassau Grouper in the […]

By | 2014-10-09T21:16:21-05:00 October 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on NOAA seeking public comments on listing the Nassau Grouper as threatened

Collection of Coral Reef Papers

An academic journal, PeerJ, has recently gathered together the top 10 articles about coral reefs that have appeared in its pages. The subjects covered range from genetics to the interaction between Lionfish and Nassau Grouper. If you are interested in checking out any of the papers the collection can be found here:

By | 2014-10-01T09:15:43-05:00 October 1st, 2014|Categories: Coral, Global change|Comments Off on Collection of Coral Reef Papers

New paper on Nassau grouper spawning aggregations

Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) are an iconic fish both in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. These large fish have come to characterize the regions’ reefs, however, because of overfishing during their yearly spawning aggregations, (see previous posts here and here), the Nassau grouper […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:30-05:00 September 16th, 2014|Categories: Fish, migration, Uncategorized|Comments Off on New paper on Nassau grouper spawning aggregations