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Field Activity Details for field activity 2018-327-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.21.MN00.E3R50.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Ilsa Kuffner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Lucy Bartlett, Ilsa Kuffner, Anastasios Stathakopoulos

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

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

Vehicle(s): Ford F-350 Dually - White (GSA)

Start Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2018-04-23

End Date: 2018-05-12

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

Information to be Derived: Mass of calcium carbonate gained per unit time for corals Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis and crustose coralline algal communities on nylon tiles. Hourly temperature data for past 6 months.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Work under this FAN occurred during two field excursions: April 23 - 28, Crocker Reef, Fowey Reef, and Sombrero Reef; May 6 - 11 for Dry Tortugas National Park. Data gathered includes calcification rates of coral and crustose algae, underwater photographs, and underwater temperature. Samples collected crustose coralline tiles. New Acropora palmata successfully fragments were deployed at all sites.

Staff: Kyle Kelso, Ilsa Kuffner, Billy Reynolds, Anastasios Stathakopoulos

Affiliate Staff:



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., 2019, Underwater temperature on off-shore coral reefs of the Florida Keys, U.S.A, v. 4: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Kuffner, I.B., Stathakopoulos, A., Toth, L.T., Bartlett, L.A., 2020, Experimental coral-growth data and time-series imagery for Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys, U.S.A. U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger --- Temperature
Digital Camera --- Photo
Palmata_growth_FL_USA (Data describing the growth of the coral Acropora palmata from 2018 to 2019 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys during three time intervals)
Palmata_growth_annualized_FL_USA (Data describing the growth of the coral Acropora palmata from 2018 to 2019 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys during the 18-month study)
FL_Palmata_photo_record (Photographic time-series images of coral condition during the growth experiment)
Balance --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Settling plates --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Sea-bird Wave and Tide Logger (SBE 26plus) --- Temperature
Mooring (physical oceanography)
Other --- --- ---
GPS --- Navigation

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