Field Activity 2019-368-FA

Identifier 2019-368-FA
Purpose Primary purpose is a site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates - extending the coral-calcification assessment network to another NPS unit in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS).
Location Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, USVI
Summary Mass of calcium carbonate gained per unit time for Acropora palmata and P. strigosa corals and crustose coralline algal communities on nylon tiles. Hourly temperature data for past 6 months. Field photographs of calcification stations and photographs of corals.
Info derived ESA-listed coral growth rates; underwater temperature; algal accretion rates.
Comments Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2019-321-FA
Start Christiansted, VI 2019-11-03
End Christiansted, VI 2019-11-09
Days in the field 7
West -64.62915336
East -64.60828027
North 17.79211382
South 17.78190285
Marine operations Yes
Scuba operations Yes


600 Fourth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL33701-4846
(727) 502-8000
Principal investigators Ilsa B KuffnerLauren T Toth
Crew members
Kyle W Kelso
Scientist, Staff
Ilsa B Kuffner
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Lucy A Bartlett
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

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

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger Temperature (no data reported)
Digital Camera Photo, Video 1
Balance Experiments (biological), Surveys (biological) (no data expected)
Pneumatic Drill Experiments (biological), Surveys (biological) (no data expected)
Settling plates Experiments (biological), Surveys (biological) 2
Other Unknown, Surveys (biological), Experiments (biological) (no data expected)
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)
Garmin GPS in water temp spreadsheet Navigation (no data expected)
Other Unknown, Geology, Biology, Chemistry (no data expected)


Datasets compiled from multiple sources

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
VI_coral_photo_record Digital Camera Photographic time-series images (JPEG) of coral condition during the growth experiment Ilsa B Kuffner
Palmata_growth_VI_USA Settling plates Data describing the growth of the coral Acropora palmata from 2019 to 2021 at three sites in Buck Island Reef National Monument Ilsa B Kuffner
Strigosa_growth_VI_USA Settling plates Data describing the growth of the coral Pseudodiploria strigosa from 2019 to 2021 at three sites in Buck Island Reef National Monument Ilsa B Kuffner


Samples collected during this field activity