This exciting and interdisciplinary project aims to address the fundamental problem blocking robust coral reef recovery: recruitment and survival of coral juveniles. The goal is to comprehensively test settlement surface designs and materials in various flow regimes to produce improved surfaces for coral research and restoration. The project combines expertise, methods, and researchers from engineering (materials and mechanical) and biology (microbiology, coral reef science, and geobiology) to make transformative advances in coral reproduction and juvenile survival. The research has the potential to have immediate application to the global restoration of threatened, ecologically-important, foundational marine species. Outcomes of the Convergence Research will also have relevance and long-term application to diverse fields including antifouling, aquaculture, biofilms, and bioactive materials.
The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, CARMABI Research Station in Curaçao, and San Diego State University.
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