Exploring how natural and human-caused factors determine winners and losers among the seafloor community­ Ecological modeling provides the mathematical toolkit with which to explore relationships between benthic dynamics (how organisms living...

Working in partnership with reef managers to better integrate reef science and management, and improve the fit between advances in research and ongoing and new challenges in reef conservation. The conservation...

Exploring how benthic organisms are spatially distributed on coral reefs, how these patterns reflect the biology of the organisms and their interactions with their physical environment, and how changes in the...

Exploring the spatial and behavioral patterns of herbivorous reef fishes in order to understand the extent and location of their impacts on reefs. Herbivores play a critical role in maintaining reef...

Exploring how large fishes that feed on algae and corals influence coral establishment, survival, and overall reef resilience by modifying the seafloor as they feed. Large reef fish that eat animals...

Investigating the rates of coral recruitment, calcification, and bioerosion and the factors that influence them on a relatively pristine reef system. Coral recruitment, calcification and bioerosion are important processes on coral...

Developing a detailed circulation model of Palmyra Atoll based on physical oceanographic data from remote sensing and field measurements. Through our work measuring and modeling characteristics of the waters around Palmyra...