PhD Student Dan Owen and his advisor, Brian Hopkinson, travelled to the Florida Keys over winter break to study photosynthetic rates on coral reefs. Coral reefs are highly productive, but exactly how productive and which organisms are responsible for the primary production are subjects of ongoing research. Dan is studying the photosynthetic rates of corals, algae, and other primary producers on reefs in the Florida Keys. This fantastic work will help us to better understand the fragile ecosystems within and surrounding coral reefs.
It's too early in their research to report any conclusive findings, but we will update as they become available.