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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 59: Quantifying the effects of El Niño on Acropora cervicornis abundance at Coral Gardens, Belize

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In recent decades, coral reef mortality has been increasingly high, putting many species at risk of extinction. Among these is the coral Acropora cervicornis that historically has acted as a framework coral for Caribbean reefs. Declining live coral cover has been attributed to disease, warming ocean temperatures, overfishing, and natural sub-decadal climate cycles such as El Niño. The 2015-16 El Niño event has been one of the strongest in recorded history, leading scientists to project significant coral mortality via heat-induced bleaching in the Caribbean and elsewhere. It was also unusual for its long length. Coral Gardens, Belize is noted for having high A. cervicornis cover. My advisor, Dr. Greer, has worked at this site since 2011 proving it is a refugia for these corals. We aimed to quantify changes in coral cover in an area of previously documented high A. cervicornis resilience over the latest El Niño cycle and earlier.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library

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