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The Pacific Melting Pot

October 29, 2014

Solomon Islands Study Sites

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Our science team has embarked on our last Global Reef Expedition (GRE) mission in Oceania, and the first in the Coral Triangle.  We have begun our exploration of the Solomon Islands, a Pacific Archipelago comprised of 992 mountainous islands and …

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Marginal coral populations: the densest…

October 29, 2014

Galápagos Pocillopora

This paper stems from our field research in the Galápagos Islands conducted earliler in the Global Reef expedition. It discusses marginal coral populations and how the densest known aggregation of Pocillopora in the Galápagos Archipelago is of asexual origin. Coral populations …

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Studying Reefs, Staying Dry

October 17, 2014

Area measurement mode using CPCe software to calculate organism surface area

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We collect enormous amounts of data and observations during our missions, a lot of which is collected in situ, or in its original place, by researchers while they’re underwater. But one of the things we do while underwater is take …

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Walking Corals

October 11, 2014

Fungia and Heteropsammia

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While most of the reefs we have surveyed in the Great Barrier Reef have an emergent reef flat, one of the northern reefs we were studying was fully submerged and quite difficult to locate.  After circling around our GPS coordinates …

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Best Dive

October 8, 2014

Best Dive at the Great Barrier Reef

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On every mission during the Global Reef Expedition survey divers can usually point to one dive as being the highlight of the trip. It might be a dive with lots of great looking healthy coral or maybe a dive where …

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Be Careful, They Don’t Travel Alone

October 6, 2014

The school of giant trevally that chased off the barracudas.

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If you ask someone “Why do fish school?” you will likely get “to avoid predators” for an answer. After all, the more eyes you have watching the harder it is for anything to sneak up on you. Furthermore, if a …

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Stories of a Fish Surveyor

October 3, 2014

School of Humpback Snapper

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Marine parks have been introduced worldwide to preserve biodiversity and protect important underwater habitats. Protected zones serve as baselines for undisturbed, natural ecosystems that can be used to measure the effects of human activities in other areas, and thereby help …

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Cool Catfish

October 2, 2014

Eel Catfish of the Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef… home to thousands of marine species. Dazzling coral reefs, majestic sharks, elegant manta rays, imposing groupers and cods, ancient giant clams, and rainbow coloured reef fish such as butterflyfish, angelfish and damsels. These are some of …

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Ctenophores Galore

September 29, 2014

Ctenophore floating thru the water column.

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Brightly colored sea stars are a regular occurrence on our survey dives. We only tend to notice them when we see a new and highly decorated species or dive a site where they are highly abundant. One survey dive we …

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