Physis XVI - Journal of marine sciences

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. 


  • Comparison of foraging strategies and feeding rates of the Atlantic Trumpetfish, Aulostomus maculatus
  • Investigation of depth-dependence of pumping rates and filtration efficiencies in two Caribbean reef sponges
  • The effects of density and size on the hiding response of Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus)
  • Colonization and initial succession on artificial substrates over spatial and temporal gradients in a Caribbean coral reef ecosystem
  • Can the first few decades of coral colonization give insight to species interactions and ecological complexity? A case study on artificial coral-based structures
  • Antibacterial effects of three Caribbean sponges from areas of varying pollution
  • Increasing coral cover and decreasing coral species diversity with decreasing light availability at depth: a study of the future effects of sea level rise on fringing reef ecosystems
  • Control of algae on coral reefs by large herbivorous fish
  • Hydrocarbons on coral reefs: An analysis of the presence of anthropogenic PAHs in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Photoacclimation of Ventricaria ventricosa to change in available light’s wavelength

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