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Zachary Ostroff

Graduate Research Assistant Zach Ostroff Graduate Research Assistant


Coral Reef Restoration, Assessment and Monitoring


Major Professor

Dr. David Gilliam

Area(s) of research

My work focuses on the growth and culture of the staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis. Specifically I am investigating differences between line nursery culture, in which coral fragments are grown suspended in the water column, and more traditional fixed nursery methods where coral fragments are secured to growth plates/pucks with epoxy. The line nursery I engineered and installed to test these differences has produced material for thousands of fragments, which have already been used for a variety of purposes, including fellow student projects and educational exhibits.