Introduction to Coral Reef Ecology
Course Outline - Dates, location and times to be announced soon.
Dr. David L. Meyer
Professor of Geology Emeritus, University of Cincinnati
1 Why study reefs? Video: Coral Reef Adventure
What is a reef?
Where are reefs found?
2 Players on the reef stage:
Reef builders: framework builders, cementers, infillers
Reef bioeroders: biters, borers, chippers, scrapers
3 Coral biology: nature of the beast
Corals are animals, but also plant-like - why?
Coral-algae symbiosis: my best friends are plants
4 Coral reproduction, growth: sex and asex
How do corals reproduce and grow to form reefs?
5 Environmental factors affecting reefs
Temperature, salinity, light, sedimentation
Storms, sea level change
6 Biological processes affecting reefs
Competition - coral wars!
Predation, disease, mass mortality
7 Human impacts on coral reefs
8 Fish in the reef ecosystem
What are all those colorful fish doing?
9 Reefs of the ancient past
What are the oldest reefs known?
Changing players on the reef stage
10 Reefs and global change
Present and future status of reefs