Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research site

The science themes that form the nucleus of the Moorea Coral Reef LTER program include the: (1) biological bases for variation in ecological performance of stony corals (the foundational group); (2) population dynamics of key groups; (3) food web and nutrient dynamics; and (4) maintenance and functional consequences of diversity. Two additional research components cut across these themes: (a) an explicit focus on physical – biological coupling over multiple scales; and (b) physical and ecological models to synthesize field results and obtain generality. Identified issues within each thematic area will be explored through focused, process-oriented studies and by long-term experiments and monitoring of key abiotic conditions, ecosystem functions, and community and population attributes of major functional groups.

Site Contacts

Principal Investigator: Russell Schmitt

Primary Contact: Andrew Brooks

Information Mgr: M. Gastil-Buhl

Education Contact: Michele Kissinger


Marine Science Institute University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

Phone: 805 893-7670

Fax: 805 893-3777

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