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Coral Reefs

A tract of corals growing on a massive, wave-resistant structure and associated sediments, substantially built by skeletons of successive generations of corals and other calcareous reef-biota.


A Guide to Common Stony Corals of Florida

FA210/FA210 by Joseph A. Henry, Roy P. E. Yanong, Maia P. McGuire, and Joshua T. PattersonJune 9, 2020

Coral Reef Conservation Strategies for Everyone

FA199/FA199 by Kathryn E. Lohr and Joshua T. PattersonOctober 12, 2020

Diagnostic Methods for the Comprehensive Health Assessment of the Long-Spined Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum

VM244/VM244 by Ruth Francis-Floyd, Jan Landsberg, Roy Yanong, Yasu Kiryu, Shirley Baker, Deborah Pouder, William Sharp, Gabriel Delgado, Nicole Stacy, Tom Waltzek, Heather Walden, Roxanna Smolowitz, and Greg BeckJuly 28, 2020

Ocean Acidification: Effects on Sponges

FA263/FA263by Lena A. Donnarumma, Joseph Henry, Joshua Patterson, Shelly Krueger, Lisa Krimsky, and Shirley BakerJune 13, 2024Approximately 30% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere has been absorbed by the world’s oceans. As CO2 emissions increase due to human activities so does the amount of CO2 absorbed by the oceans. Carbon dioxide lowers the pH of the ocean system, causing ocean acidification (OA). The effects of OA on economically and ecologically important aquatic species is a subject of interest. Sponges are important reef-associated species that provide shelter for fish and crustaceans in reef habitats and can also structure ecosystems through bioerosion, water filtration, and colonization of coral reef areas. This publication considers the effects of OA on marine sponges, with a focus on Florida’s coral reef.  

Responsible Boating Protects Coral Reefs

SG152/SGEF-246 by Ana Zangroniz, Savanna Barry, and Joy HazellAugust 16, 2021A UF/IFAS numbered Fact Sheet for General Public audience(s). in support of UF/IFAS Extension program: Ecotourism and Agritourism

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