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Scientists to Attend "Reef Futures 2018" Symposium on Reef Restoration

A team of three scientists from St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center: Research Marine Biologist Ilsa Kuffner, Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth, and Oceanographer Anastasios Stathakopoulos will travel to Key Largo, FL, December 10 to 14 to attend "Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium." This global conference will bring together over 400 leading scientists and experts from more than 30 countries. USGS involvement in the symposium includes Kuffner as Co-Chair of the Science Program Planning Committee, a concurrent session presenter, and a plenary speaker during the symposium closing remarks. Toth and Stathakopoulos will both present research findings during concurrent sessions. The USGS researchers will be presenting scientific results to guide the management and restoration of coral-reef ecosystems. The work presented will highlight the geological significance of reefs as protectors of coastal communities and how information on the Holocene fossil record can be used to make decisions on which species are critical to restoring coral reefs and where to place those species to achieve success.

posted: 2018-12-06

USGS researchers sample sediments from Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic in 2018.Scientists Initiate new project to reconstruct Caribbean rainfall history in the Dominican Republic

A team of three USGS scientists, Julie Richey (USGS-Research Geologist); Jennifer Flannery (USGS-Chemist); and Jessica Rodysill (USGS-Research Geologist), and a collaborator from the University of Puerto Rico, Wilson Ramirez (UPRM-Professor of Geology), travelled to the far western border of the Dominican Republic to sample sediments from Lake Enriquillo. Lake Enriquillo is a hypersaline lake located on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is a potentially important archive of paleoclimate information, capable of revealing the frequency and magnitude of rainfall changes over the past 5 millennia. The level of the lake has changed rapidly over the past decade, causing large socio-economic and ecological impacts in Hispañola. It has led to the necessity to relocate villages and roads. Local stakeholders are interested in knowing the scale of lake-level changes prior to the observational period, and in understanding how those changes are related to climate patterns in the Caribbean.

posted: 2018-11-29

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