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Reconstructing change in coral reef ecosystems

Research Achievements

Reconstructing change in coral reef ecosystems

IGERT students and faculty from our research cluster on marine conservation and health have been working for the past year on a collaborative project reconstructing changes in coral reef ecosystem conditions in the Hawaiian archipelago. Working with leading researchers from a variety of disciplines, the team has coordinated the integration of archaeological, ethnographic, anecdotal, and modern ecological data into a historical ecology study. This integration has required the development of novel methods for data synthesis and analysis and has resulted in significant exposure of our IGERT students (& project participants) to different disciplinary methods, theories, and concepts. The project team will submit a co-authored manuscript for publication later this year and expect it to have a high impact in terms of its contribution to the literature as well as the research model employed to integrate disciplinary perspectives.