Date of Degree
MS (Master of Science)
Ann F. Budd
First Committee Member
Christopher A Brochu
Second Committee Member
Jeffrey A Dorale
Coral reefs are faced and will be faced with many challenges this century. One danger is the rapid decline of oceanic pH due to anthropogenic sources. The more acidic the environment becomes, the harder reefs and coral (order: scleractinia) in particular will be hit. Experiments to measure the effect on scleractinian coral were performed to glean a better understanding of the processes that will be affected by our acidifying oceans. Additionally, the search for and analysis of coral microstructure and micromorpholgy were carried out in an attempt to understand homology within an environmentally responsive taxa.
Coral, micromorphology, microstructure, Oceans, pH, Reef
v, 49 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 46-49).
Copyright 2009 Matthew A Tibbits