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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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