From the beginning, these field trips promised to be particularly challenging, but also especially rewarding. Three months ago we out-planted 400 coral fragments that have been monthly monitored.
NSF 1810981 Grant Progress
Interaction between genotype and acquired environmental modifications during coral responses to hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, June 2018
Expedition 04 · Another Side of Culebra
After several months of work in the reef, it was only during this last expedition that the conditions were right to shoot some aerial footage of our fieldwork sites using drone technology courtesy of FIU’s CREST-CAChE.
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, May 2018
Expedition 03 · The Moment of Truth
Our team moves into the monitoring and sampling phase of the project. Once the experiment has been set up, our main concern is the survival rate of coral fragments across sites and depths, as well as the efficient collection of samples.
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, April 2018
Expedition 02 · The Challenge
More than 75% of the coral fragments recovered during the first expedition died due to adverse weather conditions. Most survivors lost their identification tags, leaving them useless for the experiments.
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico, February 2018
Expedition 01 · The Beginning
Six months after Irma and Maria hurricanes, two names now associated with destruction for Puerto Ricans, the struggle of the island and its habitants to restore normality continues.