Elizabeth Larson

Senior Research Assistant
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
(954) 262-3625



Benthic Assessment, Monitoring, and Restoration Lab

Major Professor

Dr. David S. Gilliam

Area(s) of Research

I am currently working on a restoration project focusing on the threatened species, Acropora cervicornis (staghorn coral), on a regional scale. Collaboratively working with the University of Miami, Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy we have established four unique Acropora nurseries across the Florida reef tract. The goals of this project are multiple, but are mainly focusing on finding the proper ecosystem for successful transplantation of A.cervicornis fragments and to also determine if genetic differences play a role in growth and survivorship of transplanted fragments.