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Past Science Projects at FGBNMS
Updated December 11, 2014

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* Coral
* Critters
* Algae


Additional links are provided directly from each entry when more information is available about that project. Links from researcher's names will take you to their own web sites.

A listing of government acronyms used in these descriptions is available at the bottom of the page.

Please visit our Research Bibliography web page for a chronologic listing of scientific publications and articles associated with sanctuary research.



Baseline Coral Health Assessment in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary – Kim Ritchie, Mote Marine Laboratory

Coral degradation:  environmental molecular diagnostics - Cheryl Woodley, NCCOS

Coral Diseases at FGBNMS – Eric Borneman, University of Houston

Coral genetics – (Agaricia and Porites) - Joel Stake, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Coral spawning and reproduction  - Peter Vize, University of Calgary

Coral Symbiosis as indicators of connectivity among reefs in the North Caribbean – Todd Lajeunese and Robin Smith, Florida International University

Ecology and evolution of reef color diversity and fluorescence – Mikhail Matz, University of Texas/University of Florida

Effects of stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) predation on the survival of star and brain coral populations and relationships with herbivore population abundance and fish pressure – Andy Bruckner, NOAA

Fossil reef studies - FGBNMS; Bill Precht, FKNMS

Genetics of Acropora at FGBNMS – Iliana Baums, RSMAS, University of Miami

Mard Gras Wrasse - Doug Weaver, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Metal toxicology of FGBNMS corals – Chuck Holmes, USGS

Occurrence and characterization of invasive orange cup coral (Tubastraea sp.) – Tonya Shearer, Georgia Institute of Technology

Phylogeography of the Western Atlantic Corals Montastraea cavernosa and Favia fragum – Gretchen Goodbody, Harvard University

SECORE – Sexual Coral Reproduction and Propagation– Eric Borneman, University of Houston; Dirk Petersen, Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands

Sponge and coral biology - Kevin Strychar, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

White Plague Coral Disease at FGBNMS – Beth Zimmer, Florida International University

White Plague Coral Disease at FGBNMS (556kb pdf) – Bob Jonas, Geoff Cook and Pat Gillevet, George Mason University

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Acoustic tagging of elasmobranchs – Rachel Graham, Wildlife Conservation Society; FGBNMS

Brittlestar reproduction – Peter Vize, University of Calgary

Cone snail venom characterization – Jason Biggs, University of Utah

Fish cleaning behavior – Mary Wicksten, Texas A&M University

Fish surveys – Reef Environmenatl Education Foundation (REEF)

Larval ichthyofauna at FGBNMS - George Guillen, University of Houston

Larval input and trophic dynamics of the ichthyofauna of the FGBNMS – Les Kaufman, University of Boston

Mollusk Diversity at FGBNMS – Fabio Moretzsohn, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Planktonic Foraminiferan Genetics – Eric Schall, Texas A&M University

Queen conch (Strombus gigas) at FGBNMS – Craig Burnside, Bainbridge College

Queen Conch Genetics – David Hicks, University of Texas Medical Branch - Port Aransas; Craig Burnside, Bainbridge College

Satellite and radio tracking of loggerhead sea turtles at the FGBNMS – Emma Hickerson, FGBNMS/Texas A&M University

Sea turtles at FGBNMS: persistence of individuals using barnacle patterns as identification – Emma Hickerson, FGBNMS

Sensory Ecology of Cephalopods and Pelagic Fishes – Jennifer DeBose, FGBNMS/University of California Davis

Sponges of FGBNMS – G.P. Schmahl, FGBNMS

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Algae biodiversity and genetics – Suzanne Fredericq and Fred Gurgel, University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

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Octocorals of the FGBNMS region – Peter Etnoyer, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi 

Taphonomy – Shelf and slope experimental taphonomy initiative – Eric Powell and Karla Hubbard, Oberlin College


Coral cap coring – FGBNMS; Don Hickey and Chris Reichman, USGS

Coral paleoclimatology – Niall Slowey and Amy Wagner, Texas A&M University

Paleoclimatology using cone snails – Ethan Grossman, Texas A&M University

Superficial sediments of the FGBNMS – Kathy Scanlon, USGS

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Oceanic Characterization and Monitoring of FGBNMS - Rick Stumpf, NCCOS 

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Demographics, attitudes, management preferences and economic impacts of sport diversBob Ditton, Texas A&M University

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Government Acronyms:
FGBNMS – Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
NCCOS – National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science
NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
USGS – U.S. Geological Survey
NMFS – National Marine Fisheries Service
MMS – Minerals Management Service

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