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RESTORATION OF THE MONTH - ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
TNC’s USVI Coral Innovation Hub in St. Croix began efforts to use coral spawning and larval propagation techniques in coral restoration for massive coral species in August and September of this year.
  • The Nature Conservancy began restoration using larval propagation this summer in St. Croix. With the support and input of our partner SECORE International, we began by determining spawning timing at local sites, and piloted techniques for gamete collection, fertilization, and larval rearing. This was carried out in partnership locally with the Virgin Island government agency (Division of Parks and Natural Resources) in August, and in September with National Park Service at the Buck Island National Reef Monument (a first for them – traditionally their program has included protecting reef resources but not restoration)

  • This initial work established the foundation for future coral restoration projects using assisted sexual reproduction in the US Virgin Islands in the years to come.We identified coral spawning sites, documented local spawning dates and times for 8 species, trained partners in coral gamete collection techniques, collected gametes for three species (P. strigosa, O. annularis, O. faveolata), and fertilized and released embryos and larvae. 

  • Many lessons were learned in these endeavours and we have a list of things to improve for next year! Now that we have established these logistics, partnerships, and approaches, we plan to do a full season (aiming for 3 spawning events) next year that will include rearing larvae to settlement, outplanting coral recruits, and monitoring of the outplants.

  • Congratulations to the TNC and partner team!

    Do you have a Restoration of the Month story to share? Send photos along with a few bullet points explaining what your organization is doing and how that work might help other coral restoration efforts to coral.restoration@noaa.gov.
     

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CRC Working Group Calls:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Lab Technician- Octocoral Research full time position working on population and community ecology of Caribbean octocorals in Howard Lasker laboratory University at Buffalo, NY.

  • Postdoc Position focusing on Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys in the Grottoli lab at Ohio State University in collaboration with the Kuffner lab at US Geological Survey  (1 year starting 1 Feb 2020). 

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Coral Cell Biology in Lewinski lab at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA).

  • Postdoctoral Position: Modeling coral reef and seagrass ecosystems. The ideal applicant would have strong quantitative skills, particularly with some combination of population modeling, bioenergetics, agent-based models, or nutrient dynamics models. The position is available beginning immediately in the Allgeier Lab at the University of Michigan.

  • PhD Scholarship in coral reef biogeochemistry in Australia. The project will be undertaken in the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry  at Southern Cross University. Interested applicants should send their CV highlighting their research background and interests in this area to Prof. Bradley Eyre (bradley.eyre@scu.edu.au). Closing date November 8, 2019.

  • PhD opportunity at The University of Leicester (UK), fully funded stipend (3.5 years) with generous research and training grant to conduct research in Coral Palaeoclimatology of the western Indian Ocean.

  • PhD Position based at the CRIOBE as part of the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche)-funded project CoralMates. The position will focus on the effects of microbial and chemical cues linked to CCAs on coral recruitment with work in both Perpignan, France and Moorea, French Polynesia. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Maggy Nugues (maggy.nugues@univ-perp.fr) by November 10.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS: 

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  • May 17-21 (Key Largo, FL): Reef Futures Conference 2021.



November 2019 MEDIA ROUNDUP 

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