Physis XVIII - 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. 


  • Inorganic nutrients, photosynthetic pigments, and zooplankton species richness and species diversity in the surrounding waters of urban Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Using relative brain size to better understand trophic interactions and phenotypic plasticity of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans)
  • Species diversity and abundance of Moray Eels (Family: Muraenidae) in Western Bonaire
  • The effects of ultraviolet radiation on the covering behavior of the sea urchin Tripneustes ventricosus
  • The effect of flash photography on the feeding, reemergence time, and time spent in refuge of Bicolor Damselfish, Stegastes partitus
  • Investigating the effects of depth and size on pumping rate and filtering efficiency of the Caribbean reef sponge Aplysina lacunosa
  • Coral bleaching frequency and recovery during the 2015 El Nino-Southern Oscillation event in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • Fluorescent patterns, size, and abundance of the bearded fireworm Hermodice carunculata in the intertidal zone on Bonaire
  • Comparing the diversity, total abundance, and richness of fish species associated with two stony corals: Diploria strigosa and Orbicella annularis
  • Brain coral bleaching and disease effects on goby population density dynamics in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

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