Physis XI - 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.


  • Examining the effect of different grazers on algal biomass
  • Density of benthic meiofauna and macrofauna, with relationship to depth in sandy coral reef substratum
  • Physical and behavioral differences between the three color morphologies of Aulostomus maculates
  • Diver impact on coral and fish communities: A comparison of sites with varying intensities of diving at Yellow Submarine, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • The effects of damselfish on coral reef benthic composition
  • Temporal use of two artificial reef morphologies by coral reef fishes
  • Herbivory and predatory pressures on artificial reefs in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Brood location preference and paternal care behavior by sergeant majors (Abudefduf saxatilis)
  • Incidence of disease in Acanthurus bahianus population, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Diel vertical migration and luminescent activity of bioluminescent dinoflagellates in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean 
  • Circadian rhythms and food entrainment of lionfish (Pterois volitans)
  • The effects of Stegastes planifrons gardening on the prevalence of yellow band disease in the Montastrea annularis species complex
  • Comparison of fish assemblages of branching artificial reef habitat to adjacent habitats on the leeward coast of Bonaire, Dutch Carribean
  • Habitat preference of coral dwelling gobies, and the effects of coral disease 

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