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    FAU Harbor Branch Scientists Headline International Conference

    Scientists from FAU Harbor Branch including Drs. Joshua Voss, M. Cristina Diaz, Michael Studivan, and recent hire Andia Chaves-Fonnegra recently attended the Functional Roles of Mesophotic Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene Gordon Research Conference (GRC) held June 17-22 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. At the inaugural mesophotic coral reefs GRC, Voss was one of three invited speaker in the Genetic Connectivity Among Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems session and presented NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research & Technology funded research regarding mesophotic coral connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Belize, and Cuba. Diaz, Chaves-Fonnegra, and Studivan presented posters regarding mesophotic sponges, disease dynamics, and coral gene expression, respectively.  Studivan, in presenting a portion of his dissertation research, was honored with the “Best Graduate Student Poster” award.

    Found at depths of 30 to 150 m in tropical and subtropical oceans, mesophotic coral reefs are “middle light” ecosystems that harbor extensive and diverse biological communities, including many important commercial fish species.  However, globally mesophotic reefs are relatively understudied compared to shallow coral reefs, and only recently has the ecological importance of MCEs become a research priority.   

    Gordon Research Conferences are prestigious international scientific conferences that promote the presentation and discussion of new, unpublished research at the frontiers of science. By limiting conference attendance, GRCs encourage the free exchange of ideas while fostering communication and collaboration among both prominent and developing researchers in targeted scientific fields.

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    FAU Harbor Branch Leads Exploration of Cuba’s Deep Coral Reefs

    Read the mission recap here.
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    What Oysters Tell Us About Our Lagoon

    Oysters play a crucial role in the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Read more here.
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    Ocean Visibility & Optics Laboratory Awarded Grants

    Read about the grants here
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    Global Mapping of Ocean Ecosystem Health

    What color is the ocean?  Together, HBOI and NASA are finding out. Read how here
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    The Sound of the Manatee 

    Have you ever heard a manatee? Thanks to FAU's Beth Brady, part of the Integrative Biology department, now you can. Click here for the rest of the story.