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  • Global distribution of coral reefs
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  • Topics covered in this presentation: Geology Geology Reef types Reef types Reef formation Reef formation Reef animals Reef animals Current Issues Current Issues Current coral research French Polynesian outreach
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  • Moorea UC Berkley Gump Field Station
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  • Geology of Moorea Moorea and the surrounding islands were formed by a hotspot about 1.5-2.5 million years ago Moorea and the surrounding islands were formed by a hotspot about 1.5-2.5 million years ago Hawaii Hawaii Galapagos Galapagos
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  • Fringing Reefs Located along the shore Located along the shore Most common type of reef in tropics Most common type of reef in tropics Usually grow on hard bottoms Usually grow on hard bottoms Usually the first type of reef to grow around a land mass Usually the first type of reef to grow around a land mass
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  • Barrier Reefs Separated from land or an island by a deep lagoon Separated from land or an island by a deep lagoon Protects the island Protects the island from incoming waves from incoming waves and storms and storms
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  • Atolls A circular shaped reef that encloses a lagoon in the center It is thought that Atolls form around volcanic islands as the islands sink
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  • Animals of the reef
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  • Monitoring/Research Whats the big deal?
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  • Monitoring/Research This science project evaluates the distribution of bioeroders and endofauna in massive Porites corals within the lagoon of Moorea. This science project evaluates the distribution of bioeroders and endofauna in massive Porites corals within the lagoon of Moorea. Specifically, the research tests the hypotheses that: (a) bioeroders and endofauna are distributed in a non-random pattern around Moorea, and Specifically, the research tests the hypotheses that: (a) bioeroders and endofauna are distributed in a non-random pattern around Moorea, and (b) scarids display optimal foraging behavior in relation to the density of Lithopoma (b) scarids display optimal foraging behavior in relation to the density of Lithopoma
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  • Bioeroders Bioeroders living within coral
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  • Importance of outreach Importance of outreach Connection to scientists Connection to scientists Connection to the community Connection to the community Community involvement Community involvement Moorea 2009 Outreach Moorea 2009 Outreach Classroom lectures Lab tour Field experience Outreach
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  • Outreach Researchers teaching local Polynesian school children at Gump Research Station
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  • Outreach Local Polynesian school children conducting research
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  • Outreach Sampling conducted by local Polynesian school children