Physis XVII - 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. 


  • Infection frequency and species identification of the black spot causing parasite found commonly on ocean surgeonfish (Acanthurus tractus)
  • Effects of pumping efficiency on the antibacterial properties of sponges (Aplysina archeri) and (Aplysina lacunosa)
  • Distribution and abundance of spatial competition between scleractinian corals and sessile aggressive invertebrates on the west coast of Bonaire
  • An analysis of abundance, ecology, and life history of the lettuce sea slug Elysia crispata on the island of Bonaire
  • The effect of social status and species on habitat preference of grunts, Haemulidae, on the fringing coral reef surrounding Bonaire
  • The role of mimicry within congruencies amongst herbivorous and carnivorous fish in Bonaire
  • Finding a correlation between zooplankton abundance and the aggregation of Abudefduf saxatilis (sergeant major damselfish)
  • Aggressive nest guarding behavior of sergeant major damselfish (Abudefduf saxatilis) in association with guarding male nest size
  • Determining how surroundings impact abundance and behavior of the yellow Atlantic trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus) phenotype

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