Field Activity 2017-352-FA

Identifier 2017-352-FA
Purpose Site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates
Location 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)
Summary We documented and repaired damage to calcification station blocks that were dislodged by Hurricane Irma. We weighed, photographed, and measured coral colonies that survive. Collected and swapped algae tiles.
Info 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. We also did hurricane Irma impact assessments using NOAA protocol.
Ford F-350 Dually - Silver (GSA)
Start St. Petersburg, FL 2017-10-30
End St. Petersburg, FL 2017-11-08
Days in the field 10
West -82.6227
East -80.01888602
North 25.55040184
South 24.42902087
Marine operations Yes
Scuba operations Yes


600 Fourth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL33701-4846
(727) 502-8000
Principal investigators Ilsa B Kuffner
Crew members
Billy J Reynolds
Scientist, Staff
Ilsa B Kuffner
Scientist, Staff
Anastasios Stathakopoulos
Scientist, Staff
Lucy A Bartlett
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Ilsa B Kuffner
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

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

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Sea-Bird Wave and Tide Logger (SBE 26plus) Temperature, Tide, Wave, Mooring (physical oceanography) (no data expected)
Settling plates Experiments (biological), Surveys (biological) 1
Balance Experiments (biological), Surveys (biological) (no data expected)
HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger Temperature 1
Other Unknown, Meteorology, CTD, Temperature, pH, CO2, Radon, Conductivity, Current, Dissolved Oxygen, Turbidity, Fluorescence, Wave, ORP, Tide, Methane, Depth, Light, Nitrate, Gas Hydrates, Density, Sediment Properties, Osmometic Pressure, Chlorophyll, Nutrients, Pressure (no data expected)
GPS combined with temp data Navigation (no data expected)
Digital Camera Photo, Video (no data reported)


Datasets produced in this activity

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger Underwater temperature data recorded every fifteen minutes from 2009 to 2017 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys

Datasets compiled from multiple sources

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
Palmata_physiology_FL_USA Settling plates Data describing the physiology of the coral Acropora palmata at five sites in Florida Ilsa B Kuffner


Samples collected during this field activity