Dataset: octocoral density dependence
Deployment: Edmunds_VINP

Density of adult and juvenile (and recruiting) octocorals on shallow reefs at multiple locations in St. John, US Virgin Islands
Principal Investigator: 
Dr Peter J Edmunds (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
Co-Principal Investigator: 
Dr Howard Lasker (State University of New York at Buffalo, SUNY - Buffalo)
Dr Lorenzo Bramanti (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
Dr Georgios Tsounis (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
Dr Elizabeth Lenz (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
Ms Kristin Privitera-Johnson (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
BCO-DMO Data Manager: 
Nancy Copley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, WHOI BCO-DMO)
Current State: 
Final no updates expected
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To evaluate the possibility that density-associated effects modulate octocoral abundance on a Caribbean coral reef, we tested the hypothesis that the density of octocoral recruits (colonies <= 4 cm tall) and adult colonies are positively associated on shallow reefs (<=14 m depth) in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Both life stages were censused for density at 8-10 sites along 7 km of shore in 2013 and 2014, and a correlative approach was used to evaluate the extent to which the densities were associated using sites as replicates. (from Privitera-Johnson, K., et al., JEMBE, 2015)

Related reference:

Privitera-Johnson, K., et al., Density-associated recruitment in octocoral communities in St. John, US Virgin Islands, J.Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. (2015), (in press)

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