Posted by: sarahegner | January 19, 2016

MRDF Research Department Update for 2016

MarineLab Research Department is starting 2016 off strong.  Just before break in December, MarineLab instructors outplanted 100 corals from the Elkhorn nursery to one of our favorite spots to take students snorkelling on Minnow Caves.

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We had many phytoplankton samples brought to us this month in support of our grant funded community phytoplankton project in conjunction with NOAA.  Check out some of the cool critters we found while analyzing for target species:

dino

dinoflagellate

furca

ceratium furca

pennate diatom

chain of pennate diatoms

snail veliger

snail veliger

zooplankton

zooplankton

This month staff will be heading out to Coral Restoration Foundation’s coral nursery off of Elbow reef to do some routine maintenance.

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We will also be collecting samples from Florida Bay for Dr. LArry Brand of RSMAS who analyzes the water for cyanobacteria levels.

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We also will be surveying all three of our survey sites within Largo Sound, monitoring our mangrove planting project, and collecting water samples and water quality data for FWC on the oceanside and University of Florida on the Bayside.

the gang having the best time ever while filtering

the gang having the best time ever while filtering water samples

One of the mangrove babies planted last year that we will measure this week

One of the mangrove babies planted last year that we will measure this week

Sarah assisting in Porites surveys

Sarah assisting in Porites surveys

And most importantly, the MarineLab instructors are preparing for another busy season filled with students!!!

 

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