Physis X - Journal of marine science

As part of CIEE's Bonaire semester programs, each student conducts an independent research project on a topic of their choice.  The projects culminate with a public presentation and publication of a research paper in the CIEE journal Physis: Journal of Marine Science.


  • Effects of differences in hole size of artificial reef units on coral reef fish abundance and species richness
  • Potential for transmission of yellow band disease between colonies of Montastrea annularis through common research techniques
  • Effects of a small harbour on nutrient levels and coral reef health in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Fish density, species richness, and diversity between stands of natural and artificial Acropora cervicornis
  • Response of three predatory reef fish species to fishing protection in Bonaire, DC
  • Sponge abundance and the prevalence of disease on scleractinian coral in Bonaire, DC
  • Assessing the correlation between coral disease prevalence and fish species richness from 2007-2011 in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Use of trophic structure as an indicator of reef fish assemblages in areas open and closed to fishing 

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