[Coral-List] Great Barrier Reef Video Competition

jacob.eurich at yahoo.com jacob.eurich at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 18 05:11:02 EDT 2015

Hello everyone,
I am a PhD student with James Cook University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia. My research is on territorial damselfish and how their ecology and benthos is altered after storm damage (cyclones). I have an entry in the Peoples Choice Bommies Award competition on facebook and am looking for support from scientists to help me win a $2,000 grant to fund the second half of my research. Unlike the competition, this is all my editing and footage (not a lab) and thus, I have limited resources to spread the word. 
Please spend 3mins checking out my video and research OR just procrastinate 10 seconds by clicking this link and LIKING their post of my video.My voting page: https://www.facebook.com/BommiesbyGBRF/posts/758801057582976If you would like to check out the competition all other videos can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/BommiesbyGBRF?fref=nf
Thank you for considering my research and video. I hope you enjoy and learn something about science on the Great Barrier Reef.
Summary of Research:Territorial damselfish play an integral role in the structure of coral reefs through their abundant influence as small-bodied consumers and aggressive holders of benthic space. Their competitive behaviours affect the reef composition and play a part in modifying the agents of habitat degradation. By looking at the ecological characteristics (habitat use and others) of damselfish on healthy and degraded systems, we can better understand how these species will influence the fish community as a whole and thus predict implications for future management. This is becoming more important as climate change associated threats, like the frequency of high-intensity cyclones due to rising sea surface temperatures, on the Great Barrier Reef increase. Lizard Island, GBR offers a unique system to compare recently cyclone-damaged reefs to healthy reefs within a close proximity giving natural control replicates. Using these reef comparisons, ecological surveys, and competition experiments, this project aims to address these knowledge gaps.

THANK YOU!Best,Jacob

Jacob Eurich
PhD Candidate
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
& College of Marine and Environmental Sciences
James Cook University
Townsville, QLD 4811

Office: DB28-041 
Mobile: 0447 975 000 (intl +61 447 975 000)
Personal email: jacob.eurich at yahoo.com
Work email: jacob.eurich at my.jcu.edu.au

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