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Student Research: Counting Coral

One student research team, composed of Amy Bolan, Isabella Badia-Bellinger, Ariel Bobbett and Lilli Carlsen, measured the number of small coral at nine research sites as a way of learning how different environments affect young coral. Some of the sites have been struck with an increasing number of typhoons in recent years. Others have seen a large amount of tourism, and another region is accumulating sedimentation due to nearby agriculture and development. The student researchers found that areas with sedimentation had fewer small coral than the other locations.