Physis XX - 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.


  • Diel variation in the biomass of Diadema antillarum predators linked to post urchin larval densities
  • The effects of varying algae cover on fish species diversity below the reef crest
  • Relationship between planktivore abundance and zooplankton abundance at two different depths in a Caribbean coral reef system
  • Queen conch (Lobatus gigas) shells as shelter in reef communities: a comparison of their use in sand flats and the reef slope
  • Fish species diversity and interactions at varying classes of Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis in Bonaire
  • Algal consumption preference between Diadema antillarum and Tripneustes ventricosus
  • The effect of colony size on the frequency of intraspecific and interspecific aggressive behaviors in the tropical damselfish Abudefduf saxatilis
  • The role of habitat structure and topographic complexity in speices diversity and abundance of fish and invertebrate communities, and how it is affected by algal communities
  • Use of fluorescence to determine if the polychaete annelid, Hermodice carunculata, will be affected by future pH levels in the year 2100 as a result of ocean acidification

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