Filling Gaps in Knowledge
NCRI facilitates funding of external projects identified as filling gaps in specific knowledge areas by its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Each year the TAC recommends an area of study to focus upon in an RFP. Proposals are accepted from U.S. institutions.
Previously funded projects have supported the University of Kansas in a global analysis of coral reef vulnerability and the development of an electronic environmental database. The University of Georgia was supported in investigations of population dynamics and genetic diversity of Acropora cervicornis (staghorn coral). Boston University received funds to investigate connectivity among Caribbean stomatopod populations. Florida International University was supported in evaluating the role of a coral pathogen in the ongoing coral mortality on coral reefs of Florida. The University of Florida was supported in research assessing the biodiversity and endemism of reef cryptofauna, and the Bermuda Biological Research Station in the evaluation of molecular biodiversity in semi-isolated octocoral-zooxanthellae symbioses of Bermuda. These projects exemplify the types of external projects that NCRI funds on a short-term (usually one-year) basis, selected by NCRI's external Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
Coral Reef Vulnerability: An Electronic Reef Environmental Database
Robert W. Buddemeier, Ph.D., University of Kansas / Kansas Geological Survey
Potential for Acropora cervicornis (Staghorn Coral) in Coral Reef Restoration: Genetics
William K. Fitt, Ph.D., University of Georgia
The Hidden World of Coral Reefs: Assessing the Biodiversity and Endemism of the Reef Cryptofauna
Gustav Paulay, Ph.D., University of Florida
Assessment of the Role of a Coral Pathogen in the Ongoing Coral Mortality on Coral Reefs of Florida
Laurie Richardson, Ph.D.
Dee Mills, Ph.D. (Co-PI)
Florida International University
Connectivity among Caribbean Stomatopod Populations: Effects of Ocean Currents and Life History on Patterns of Dispersal and Regional Biodiversity
Paul H. Barber, Ph.D., Boston University
Roy Caldwell, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Molecular Biodiversity in Semi-Isolated Gorgonian-Zooxanthellae Symbioses of Bermuda
Henry G. Trapido-Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Kathryn A. Coates, Ph.D. (Co-PI)
Bermuda Biological Station for Research