Monday, April 22, 2013

Smithson Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Weekly seminar information

Smithson Tropical Research Institute (STRI) weekly seminar:
Tuesday seminar April 23rd, 2013 at the Earl S. Tupper Conference Center
Announcing the STRI Tuesday afternoon seminar for April 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Earl S. Tupper auditorium:  
Speaker: Michael Haley, Ecoreefs
Title: Marine Ecosystem Restoration using Artificial Branching Coral
Abstract:  Of the different general morphologies of scheleractinian corals, branching corals have been negatively affected more by anthropogenic stresses than other morphotypes, and have become much less abundant in recent years. For this reason, and also because branching corals convey more 3-dimensional topographical complexity to coral reefs than other morphotypes, it makes sense to focus on installing branching coral substitutes in any program of coral reef repair. In this talk, the use of EcoReef® modules, a ceramic branching coral substitute is described and compared to other types of artificial coral, along with the use and periodic necessity of live coral transplantation, to create rugose artificial habitats that self-transform into natural systems.

Upcoming seminars:  

April 30:  Lars Markesteijn, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK; STRI
Drought tolerance of tropical tree species; functional traits, trade-offs and species distribution

May 7:  Emma Sayer, Open University
From microbes to biomes - comparing and scaling soil carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems

Front entrance to the STRI

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