Fish Ecology Research ProjectMS2 2011<br />Dr. Mark McGinley<br />Texas Tech University<br />BIOL 5311<br />Summer 2001<br />
REEF Fish Survey Data<br />The fish abundance data found in the REEF database provides a rich source of data to investigat...
Coral reefs are very complex and interesting structures.  Although there is a great deal of variation from reef to reef, m...
Coral Reef Structure<br />Because coral reefs experience variation in water depth, wave action, and light penetration ther...
Coral Reef Fish Communities<br />Variation in the abiotic and biotic characteristics across the different reef zones might...
Diving on Coral Reefs<br /> In many location divers spend most of their time diving across the top of the reefs where the ...
Coral Reef Walls<br />In some places the coral reef drops off and results in an almost vertical wall, that in some cases, ...
Wall Diving<br />
Walls in Cayman Islands<br />Dive sites in the Cayman Islands are well known for<br /> their steep vertical walls.<br />
Cayman Islands<br />
Research Questions<br />Are there differences in the diversity and species composition of fish communities located on flat...
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Fish Ecology Research Project

  1. 1. Fish Ecology Research ProjectMS2 2011<br />Dr. Mark McGinley<br />Texas Tech University<br />BIOL 5311<br />Summer 2001<br />
  2. 2. REEF Fish Survey Data<br />The fish abundance data found in the REEF database provides a rich source of data to investigate a number of interesting and important questions about the distribution and abundance of coral reef fishes.<br />
  3. 3. Coral reefs are very complex and interesting structures. Although there is a great deal of variation from reef to reef, most reefs share a basic structure.<br />
  4. 4. Coral Reef Structure<br />Because coral reefs experience variation in water depth, wave action, and light penetration there are different types of reef communities found in the different reef zones.<br />To learn more about the zones check out- <br />http://www.oocities.org/diver_drew/reefstructure.html<br />
  5. 5. Coral Reef Fish Communities<br />Variation in the abiotic and biotic characteristics across the different reef zones might lead to differences in the diversity, abundance, and species composition of the reef fish community.<br />
  6. 6. Diving on Coral Reefs<br /> In many location divers spend most of their time diving across the top of the reefs where the topography is relatively flat.<br />
  7. 7. Coral Reef Walls<br />In some places the coral reef drops off and results in an almost vertical wall, that in some cases, can extend downwards for thousands of feet.<br />The life growing on the walls<br />
  8. 8. Wall Diving<br />
  9. 9. Walls in Cayman Islands<br />Dive sites in the Cayman Islands are well known for<br /> their steep vertical walls.<br />
  10. 10. Cayman Islands<br />
  11. 11. Research Questions<br />Are there differences in the diversity and species composition of fish communities located on flat reefs and coral walls?<br />Is there a difference in the abundance of fish species between the two environments?<br />

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