Physis XIV - 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. 


  • Influence of habitat on defecation behavior of queen (Scarus vetula) and princess (Scarus taeniopterus) parrotfish
  • Factors affecting the distribution and abundance of Tripneustes ventricosus on Kralendijk’s waterfront
  • The effect of predation and competition on the slow population return of Diadema antillarum
  • Client choice, competition, and cleaner dependence pressure cleaner fish to cooperate in mutualistic symbiosis
  • Enterococci, a bacterial fecal indicator, and its correlation with coral disease abundance in Bonaire
  • Effects of shore proximity and depth on the distribution of fish larvae in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Distribution, substrate preference and possible host benefits of the tropical polychaete Spirobranchus giganteus on a reef in Bonaire
  • Utilization of smaller grouper species (Cephalopholis cruentata, Cephalopholis fulva, Epinephelus guttatus, Epinephelus adscensionis) densities as a coral reef health indicator
  • Anthropogenic influence on sedimentation and hydrocarbon concentration by terrestrial run-off near a drain in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Invasive lionfish obesity in Bonaire
  • Correlation analysis of garden and territory size of threespot damselfish, Stegastes planifrons
  • Causative agent for dark spots in ocean surgeonfish (Acanthurus tractus)
  • Caribbean parrotfish foraging: An interspecific comparison of algal preferences
  • Effect of competition on dark spot syndrome in Stephanocoenia intersepta

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