[Coral-List] Gene for president

Tom Capo tcapo at rsmas.miami.edu
Wed Mar 3 10:19:03 EST 2010

Alina you are correct, her name is Genny  Eckert.
Eckert, GL 1998. Larval development, growth and morphology of the sea  
urchin Diadema antillarum. Bull. Mar. Sci. 63:


On Mar 3, 2010, at 7:43 AM, Szmant, Alina wrote:

> There was a student from the Eckerd College area who tried to  
> culture Diadema before we did.  She managed to raise 2-3 urchins if  
> I recall, but I don't remember her name...
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> Dr. Alina M. Szmant
> Professor of Marine Biology
> Coral Reef Research Program, Center for Marine Science
> University of North Carolina Wilmington
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> bounces at coral.aoml..noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Les Kaufman [lesk at bu.edu]
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> Subject: [Coral-List] Gene for president
> I vote for Gene.  Right on!
> The Diadema thing early on also included Alina Szmant, Judy Lang, and
> me among others.  We gathered our sheckels together for Tom to do the
> first rearings.  Actually the second rearings, Bob Carpenter did the
> first.  One individual, but the first!
> Basically there are quite a few about learning by trial and error how
> to build miniature limestone sand castles (locally intensive reef
> stewardship) that might survive the coming tide.  We (inclusively)
> may easily be mistaken for fanatics tilting at windmills.  However,
> the world looks very different and very interesting when you are  
> tilted.
> Les
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> Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:07:41 -0500
> From: Eugene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
> Subject: [Coral-List] expanded listing of       coral   species
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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> Martin Moe, I was a little hasty with my comment that there is little
> we can do to save Acropora or the  82 species now being pushed
> forward for ESA listing.  As you know my basic concern has been the
> futility of regulating something when we don't know what to regulate.
> I had forgotten about your basically  self-funded (with some help
> from state sources) research into culturing and raising Diadema. We
> who have spent a lot of time in the water all know that Diadema kept
> the reefs clear of turf algae before 1983. Growth of algae
> accelerated and corals, Caribbean-wide, began to decline much more
> rapidly after the original crash of 1983-1984. I commend you and Ken
> Nedimyer for taking it upon your selves to do the experimentation
> that is showing positive results. I fear that what may happen is that
> other coral scientists will ramp-up the  questioning of t"he ethics
> of this manipulative research and resort to increasing esoteric
> sophistry such as  bottom up or top down concerns." Such questioning
> can thwart innovation and delay funding for important work if we
> continue to "talk it to death." Fortunately you knew that so you went
> ahead with the work anyway.
>       Acropora was put on the threatened list and critical habitat
> areas were created. These actions alone have not led to a comeback of
> Acropora. Laws will not make coral grow! The money and effort would
> have been better spent supporting the kind of work you are doing if
> for no better reason than to increase our knowledge of the coral
> ecosystem.
> I would hope that those pushing for listing of the additional 82
> species would take heed and put some real money into the kind of
> innovative research you have been doing. Instead what we see over and
> over on the list  are advertisements for coral and marine management
> jobs. We need more of the kind of hands-on research you two are doing
> and less time sitting in air conditioned offices manipulating data on
> computers and dreaming up new activities to regulate. Gene
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