100 Island Challenge Collection
About this CollectionThe goal of this study is to conduct a large-scale natural experiment, investigating the independent and interactive effects of oceanography and human activities in affecting the structure and dynamics of coral reef communities. The natural experimental design uses islands as statistical replicates, as we select focal islands and reefs to span a diversity of combinations of human activity, oceanographic conditions (principally temperature and nutrient delivery), and island geomorphology. Critically, we are controlling for within-island variables by conducting the core surveys within the same habitat type – leeward, forereef habitat at 7-15m depth.
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