PURPOSE OF RESEARCH
Halophila stipulacea, an invasive seagrass from the Mediterranean, has become the dominant species in many seagrass meadows in St. John USVI. We are interested to see how megaherbivores (in particular green turtles) have responded to this invasive species.
Floral composition of sea grass meadows are determined by swimming transects and sampling species using a science square. Distribution of foraging turtles within the bay are noted as well as composition of foraging sites.
We have assessed seagrass composition since 2018 and have begun pilot observations of green turtles in the summer of 2019. Work on this project will continue in earnest during January 2020.
Our work this January will inform future summer endeavors with the hopes of attracting students interested in thesis work.