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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-311-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies - CREST (GX.20.MN00.E3R50.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Ilsa Kuffner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Ilsa Kuffner

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments (biological), Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates

Vehicle(s): White Dodge Pickup - White, Ford F-350 Dually - Silver (GSA)

Start Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2017-04-17

End Date: 2017-05-07

Equipment Used: Other, GPS , Digital Camera, Sea-bird Wave and Tide Logger (SBE 26plus), HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger, Coral Slabs, Balance Temperature Logger, Balance

Information to be Derived: Mass of calcium carbonate gained per unit time for corals Porites astreoides and Acropora cervicornis and crustose coralline algal communities on nylon tiles. Hourly temperature data for past 6 months. Porites astreoides coral samples for geochemical, growth, fecundity, zoox identity, and other analyses.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sampling of Porites astreoides colonies occurred 4-17-17 to 4-27-17 for all four sites. Elizabeth Lenz from University of Hawaii was with us to sample P. astreoides tissue for genetics, zooxanthella clade, and fecundity. All sampling in DRTO, including set-up of Acropora palmata, occurred 4-23-17 to 4-25-2017. Acropora palmata set-up for main Keys sites occurred 5-3-17 to 5-7-17.

Staff: Lucy Bartlett, Ilsa Kuffner, Billy Reynolds, Anastasios Stathakopoulos

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: "Other" Staffing: Elizabeth Lenz, NSF GRIP intern from University of Hawaii, accompanied us on both sampling trips.
"Other" equipment used to sample corals: tile saw and water-pick.


Biscayne National Park, Fowey Rocks Light (Homestead, FL) FKNMS, Crocker Reef (Islamorada, FL) FKNMS, Sombrero Reef (Marathon, FL) Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West, FL)

North: 25.55040184 South: 24.42902087 West: -82.6227 East: -80.01888602


photo of Halimeda


Kuffner, I.B., 2018, Underwater temperature on off-shore coral reefs of the Florida Keys, U.S.A. (ver. 3.0, March 2018): data release, doi: 10.5066/F71C1TZK.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Other --- --- ---
GPS --- Navigation
Digital Camera --- Video
Sea-bird Wave and Tide Logger (SBE 26plus) --- Temperature
Mooring (physical oceanography)
HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger --- Temperature
Coral Slabs --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Balance Temperature Logger --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Balance --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)

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