Coral reef community trajectories in a climate of change: Cross-scale implications for persistence and resilience


Speaker: Dr. Edwin Hernandez

Affiliation:  University of Puerto Rico

Seminar Title: Coral reef community trajectories in a climate of change: Cross-scale implications for persistence and resilience

When: Oct. 23, 2015 3:30pm EST

Where: MSL Conference Room (134)

Host: Maria Vega-Rodriguez & Frank Muller-Karger

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Published in Fall 2015

Developing the Capacity to Generate Coastal and Shallow‐Water Basemaps for Tropical Island Nations and Territories of the Pacific

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, through Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, has partnered with researchers at the University of Fiji to map coral reefs at two study sites in Fiji using satellite imagery, field surveys, and local knowledge from the native Fijian villagers who have used the resources of these habitats for centuries. In addition to creating high-resolution benthic habitat maps, the purpose of this project is to train Fijian researchers to conduct reef-monitoring research and build their capacity to carry out long-term habitat conservation goals. During the summer of 2016, USF Ph.D. candidate Matt McCarthy traveled to Fiji for 4 weeks to train Fijian personnel in reef-assessment field work and satellite-imagery mapping. The on-going project should establish a baseline from which future monitoring may be done to evaluate changes in Fijian reefs, and help guide management of these vital resources.

Today, the ratio of plastics to fish in the ocean is 1:5

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Every minute, the equivalent of one dump-truck’s worth of plastic is dumped into the sea. By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is unthinkable. The USF College of Marine Science is so proud of Frank Muller-Karger’s and CJ Reynolds work with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to help educate the community about plastic pollution. The Current Collections sculpture, made from plastic trash collected in our community, has been given a permanent home in Poynter Park on the USFSP campus. Let’s all make a vow to eliminate or at least reduce our use of plastic bottles, to recycle what we use, and to stop using plastic straws.

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