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St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST)

Fieldwork Schedule

Date Location Fieldwork
June 2017 Dry Tortugas National Park, FL

Collect cores and surface samples of Holocene reef framework from Pulaski shoal in Dry Tortugas National Park

April 2017 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL)

Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates

March 2017 Dry Tortuga National Park

Geochemical experiments

February 2017 Pacific Panama, Tropical Eastern Pacific

Collect data from six coral reefs in the Gulf of Chiriqui and Gulf of Panama that will be used to monitor coral abundance, coral calcification, and bioerosion in relation to oceanographic variability over the next three years.

October 2016 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) FKNMS, Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL)

Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates

August 2016 Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sand Key (Key West, FL)

Site visit to core Holocene reef to measure coral-reef accretion over the last 8000 years

July 2016 Dry Tortugas

Collect water chemistry data, microbiological data and physical oceanography parameters

June 2016 Dry Tortugas

Deploy and validate OCS and ADCPs

April 2016 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) FKNMS, Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL)

Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates

October 2015 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) FKNMS, Looe Key coral nursery (Summerland Key, FL) Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL) Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
October 2015 Hen & Chickens Reef, Islamorada, FL Site visit to coral reef erosion monitoring stations to measure loss of reef elevation
August 2015 Sombrero, Tennessee, and Crocker Reefs, Florida Keys Collecting cores of coral-reef framework (drill coring)
June 2015 Sombrero, Tennessee, and Crocker Reefs, Florida Keys Collecting cores of coral-reef framework (drill coring)
May 2015 Dry Tortugas National Park Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
May 2015 Crocker Reef retrieve deployed longterm monitoring equipment
April 2015 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) FKNMS, Looe Key coral nursery (Summerland Key, FL) Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
January 2015 Crocker Reef, Islamorada, Florida Collect water chemistry data and service equipment
December 2014 Islamorada, FL Collect water chemistry data and service equipment
October 2014 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) FKNMS, Looe Key coral nursery (Summerland Key, FL) Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL) Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
August 2014 Crocker Reef, Florida, USA Core the reef tract and deploy SET stations
July 2014 Crocker Reef, Islamorada, FL Collect water chemistry data, microbiological data and physical oceanography parameters
June 2014 Crocker Reef, Islamorada, FL Deploy long-term monitoring equipment
June 2014 Crocker Reef, FL Collect ATRIS imagery and single-beam bathymetry of the CREST study site
April 2014 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Molasses Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL) Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
April 2014 Crocker Reef, FL Operate GPS base station during EAARL-B overflight
April 2014 Crocker Reef, Islamorada, FL Retrieve and evaluate Ocean Carbon System (OCS)
July 2013 Crocker Reef, Florida Keys Download OCS and replace batteries, deploy ADCP, drill core
June 2013 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Molasses Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) Site visit to existing coral calcification monitoring stations to deploy new coral species; install new station at Crocker Reef and deploy new coral species. See Kuffner, et al. 2013
May 2013 Dry Tortugas National Park Site visit to coral calcification monitoring station to measure coral and algal calcification rates
May 2013 Key West and Islamorada, Florida Collect coral reef productivity data in cooperation with NASA Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV) project
April 2013 Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Molasses Reef (Key Largo, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
March 2013 Key West Harbor, Key West, FL In support of the calcification monitoring network, select and transplant 50 corals from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary nursery
November 2012 Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations
October 2012 Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sugarloaf Key Measure community calcification of deep and shallow patch reefs at Sugarloaf Key for NASA-UAV project
September 2012 Upper Florida Reef Tract, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary CREST-II site search to determine a location with proper hydrodynamics, bathymetry, substrate and geomorphology for deployment of a long-term carbon system monitoring station
July 2012 U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Measure diurnal variation in seawater carbonate system parameters in coral mangrove habitats of Hurricane Hole, St. John Place Oriented Biological Study
May 2012 Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sugarloaf Key Measure community calcification of deep and shallow patch reefs at Sugarloaf Key for NASA-UAV project
May 2012 Dry Tortugas National Park Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations; obtain coral cores from Loggerhead Key, Pulaski Shoals, and North Key Harbor
April 2012 Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations
March 2012 U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Obtained coral cores from St. John and St. Thomas for temperature paleo-reconstruction over past 100 years. See Reich et al., 2013
January 2012 Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sugarloaf Key Site recon to establish monitoring sites for community productivity and calcification measurements for NASA-UAV project
July 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Measured diurnal variation in seawater carbonate system parameters, collected sediment samples for grain size analysis in coral mangrove habitats of Hurricane Hole, St. John Place Oriented Biological Study
November 2011 Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations
September 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Locate appropriate coral colonies for 2012 sampling trip and deploy underwater temperature data loggers at each location where corals are marked for sampling
July 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Collect baseline information for coral/mangrove interaction studies
July 2011 Dry Tortugas National Park Collect ATRIS imagery to characterize the seafloor around Loggerhead Key
May 2011 Dry Tortugas National Park Service 7 acoustic receivers, tag nesting female sea turtles with satellite tags, conduct rodeo captures to tag sub-adult and adult sea turtles, tag juvenile sea turtles, conduct benthic habitat characterization by diving in key turtle hotspots of activity
April 2011 Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations
January 2011 Dry Tortugas National Park Collect acoustic data from receivers anchored in Dry Tortugas National Park to determine animal location information
November 2010 Dry Tortugas National Park Mass of calcium carbonate gained per unit time for coral Siderastrea siderea and crustose coralline algal communities on nylon tiles. Hourly temperature data for past 6 months
November 2010 U.S. Virgin Islands Characterize coral and associated ecosystems located within the vicinity of or underneath mangroves
Sept. 2010 Dry Tortugas National Park Tag two juvenile sea turtles with accelerometers and collect the unhatched eggs from Loggerhead nests for oil-related NRDA samples
August 2010 Florida Keys Coral sampling for microarray experiments and field testing a new technique to determine if coral fluorescence can be used to remotely assess coral health
July 2010 Dry Tortugas National Park Visit each calcification monitoring station, weigh each coral, stain it with alizarin red for growth studies, and harvest and replace algae recruitment tiles
May 2010 Fowey Rocks, Molasses Reef, and Sombrero Reef visit each calcification monitoring station, weigh each coral, stain it with alizarin red for growth studies, and harvest and replace algae recruitment tiles
April 2010 FL Keys Reef Track 5-day ATRIS trip to map patch reef damage from the cold spell in January
March 2010 Dry Tortugas National Park Deploy the SHARQ over one of the cored coral heads to measure calcification and metabolism baseline rates for three days, then run pCO2 injection experiment on the same coral head whereby pCO2 was elevated to ~560 ppm (2050 levels) for three days
August 2009 Dry Tortugas National Park Collecting samples of healthy and diseased corals. See Kellogg et al., 2012 and Kellogg et al., 2009
August 2009 Dry Tortugas National Park Coral sampling for microarray experiments and field testing a new technique to determine if coral fluorescence can be used to remotely assess coral health. See Kellogg et al., 2010 and Kellogg et al., 2009
July 2009 Dry Tortugas National Park Complete work started in March: deploy the SHARQ over one of the cored coral heads to measure calcification and metabolism baseline rates for three days, then to run a pCO2 injection experiment on the same coral head whereby pCO2 was elevated to ~560 ppm (2050 levels) for three days
July 2009 Virgin Islands National Park Coral sampling for microarray experiments. See Kellogg et al., 2009

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