April Expedition

Coral Science

Coral Science Team


    Jerry, Andrea, Ken will be saturated in the AQUARIUS for 12 days. Experiments on coral feeding and growth will be conducted. Differences in available light and zooplankton determine how the coral feeds—whether they feed with tentacles at night on zooplankton or whether the internal zooxanthallae algae produce food during the day. Current speed, direction, depth and temperature may affect the amount and size of zooplankton available for feeding at night. Temperature, depth, light and salinity may affect how successful the zooxanthallae algae are at producing food during the day. The experiments involve the use of feeding stations where the abiotic characteristics are monitored. In addition, the use of an infrared camera will be used at night. Graphs correlating the different factors will be produced either in the AQUARIUS or topside. Once complete they will be sent via a server to shore to be integrated into the program and Online.

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