Black Band Disease Project in the Florida Keys

This week, I have been extremely lucky to be included in a project run by Dr. Erinn Muller at Mote’s Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key. Dr. Muller is looking at the effects of pH and temperature on the spread of Black Band disease on three species of corals. Coral reefs have the highest diversity of all marine ecosystems, but they have deteriorated rapidly in the past few decades. Coral reefs have undergone significant declines with changes in their composition, structure, and function. These alterations are attributable to one or more natural or anthropogenic factors. The emergence of diseases and bleaching emphasize the need for rigorous assessments to understand their causes and ecological impacts on coral reefs. This project is specifically looking at Black Band disease, pictured below.

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