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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Organism Diversity and Abundance on Four Artificial Reef Substrates

The Old Navy Pier at Grahams Harbor on the Island of San Salvador is functionally an artificial reef habitat that includes four substrates: rubber, steel, plastic and concrete. Due to its large size and complexity, the concrete portion was divided up into three zones based on depth. Concrete had much more coral growth and many more marine organisms than the rubber, steel and plastic substrates. Upon completion of the six day survey it was concluded that to effectively create an artificial reef elsewhere in the Caribbean a base material of concrete would have the best chance of success.

Presenters: Kevin Dyke (Undergraduate Student)
James Haynes (Faculty)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 10 am (Session I)