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    Subtropical and Marine Biology

Day 9: Reseach Projects

Research Projects

The class each wrote 20 questions we were interested in answering scientifically about the environments around us and the organisms that live there. After this, we got together in our groups and came up with our research project proposals. After much proding and the promise of Marty's cookies, we got each group to discribe their research projects for you. Also we made some awsome team names.

Team Fuzzy Chitons

Team members: Eliza B, Abby C, Lucus R, Rachel W

Team Fuzzy Chitons

"We are looking at the differences in the amount of different species between the tidepools at 'high', or further away from the ocean, and 'low', or closer down to the ocean. We picked ten pools from each tide and every day at low tide we'll fo to Dump Reef and count how many different organisma there are. We think that the low pools will have more species than the high pools because the high pools will have a longer time to dry out, resulting in more extreme temperatures and salinity (salt concentration). We're excited to see lots of snails and get a good shoulder tan"

Team Parrot Head

Team Members: Gabe S, Judd L, Andrew B

Queen Parrotfish leaving the cleaning station at Snapshot Reef

Our Question: Do high/low tide fluctuations affect the abundance/diversity of parrotfish in all phases: (Initial, Juvenile, and Terminal).

"We are setting up markers in six different ares (20 meters long) and sampling for different parrotfish two times a day (at high tide and low tide). We believe more terminal Parrotfish will move in at high tide as well as more parrotfish overall."

Team Tidal Waves

Team Members: Lola W, Allison R, Erin W, Alison B

Team Tidal Wave

"We are studying tidepools and how the volume of tidepools affects species diversity in the pools. Today we visited Dump Reef and collected data from 40 tidepools. We also plan on visiting North Point and Telephone Pole Beach in the near future as well! We are collecting all our data at low tide when the tidepools are most accessible."

Team Cubs Win!

Team Members: Austin B, Joe B, Nils J

Christmas Tree worms

"For our research project, we are studying the response of different species of fan worms to stimuli. When approched, fanworms retract into their holes. We are asking the question: do different species retract in respnse to stimuli at different distances. So far, we have found Yellow Fanworms, Variegated Feather Dusters, and Split-Crown Feather Dusters. We hope to also find Christmas Tree Worms as well.

Team Snorkel Bob

Team Members: Gregory O, Steven A

Team Snorkel Bob

"We are studying the species diveristy of tidepools in both high and low energy beaches. We are testing this by observing four different tidepools at each beach and at different distances from the ocean. Over the next few day, we will observe what kinds of lifeforms occupy those tidepools." Steven's comment: This is the BEST project of this entire class! (we'll see about that Sweeps)

Team The Gruesome Deucesome

Team Members: Trevor D, Jon N

The Gruesome Deucesome

"We are conducting research on parrotfish. In most species of this fish, males arise only after reaching sexual maturity as females and then changing genders. These terminal males, as they are called, are accompaned by brilliant colors. We are comparring the ratio of terminal male parrotsfish to initial phase female among different species of parrotfish. We are hoping to learn more about the breeding requiremnets of different species, as females chande to males only when it is necessary for reproduction."

Team Glub Glub                                                                             (Because that is obviously the sound a fish makes)

Team Members: Kyrie D, Nicole P, Kari I, and Jennifer S

Team Glub Glub

"We are studying the compostion of different schools of fish such as Chubs and Yellow Goatfish. We decided to explore grouping behavior in fish based on previous observations of schools of a single species and mixed species schools. We are hoping to discover differences in group behavioral patterns and species. Today we went to a new reef called Sue Reef and Sue Point as well as revisiting Dump Reef. Here we counted the number of individuals in schools and the compositions of those schools.  *Side note: Jennifer was stalked by two Bar Jacks, one at each reef, much to her dismay as one was rather large and ornery. Further experiments are being planned to discover the reasons behind this behavioral reaction to the Jen fish.

A Spotted Moray at Snapshot Reef (Top Left Corner)
Lola W. and Allison B. do Trevor D.'s nails
The Bar Jacks that enjoy stalking Jen