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Seminar: Karl Castillo – UNC-CH
March 17, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-CH’s Department of Marine Sciences is proud to host a guest seminar by Karl Castillo. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17th, at 12:30 pm. This seminar is remote only and will be broadcast live online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 934-0604-8353).
Presenter Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: Environmental drivers of coral growth across inshore and offshore reefs in the western Caribbean Sea and the Florida Keys
Abstract: Numerous confounding environmental factors influence coral calcification at local and regional geographic scales. These dynamic environmental conditions on reefs make it challenging to unravel climate change’s effect on coral calcification and its projected impact on coral growth. I will present results of a four-year, three-way reciprocal transplant experiment of a resilient Caribbean coral across forereef, backreef, and nearshore environments along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System to investigate local differences in coral calcification. Next, I will apply a fully replicated and comprehensive sampling scheme of two abundant and widespread coral species across inshore and offshore reefs of three reef ecosystems (spanning ~16 degrees of latitude) to characterize the principal environmental factors controlling coral growth rates in the western Caribbean and the Florida Keys over the past century.