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SEAGRASS DISTRIBUTION

 
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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.

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RESEARCH PROTOCOLS

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.

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CURRENT FINDINGS

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.

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FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Our work this January will inform future summer endeavors with the hopes of attracting students interested in thesis work.