I’m designing a multipurpose underwater camera specifically designed to monitor coral colonies for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of broadcast and brooding activates in scleractinian and gonochoric species in general.
This solution may allow us to review the following research areas:
- Documentation of how quickly new coral recruits generate planula larva
- How often individual polyps release planula
- What percentages of a colony release planula during mass spawning periods
- How long the release takes at species level
- Document regularity of planula release with ecological data such as temperature and moonlight cycle for brooders
- Does spawning occur more frequently in some species yet we miss the event when not present to document
- Document how synchronous spawning events are with multiple sentinel units and exactly what the environmental conditions are with highly accurate reading using lab certified sensors
- Using these sensors and cameras it may be possible to research asynchronous spawning in further detail over a larger geographic area
- Monitor difference in spawning at depth, inshore and offshore in detail with precise timing
- Clearly document spawning synchrony and gametogenic cycle over seasons with individual species
- Long terms studies as to how climate change affects these cycle
It’s not everyday a celebrity vet does a piece to camera on a project your working on but Steve Leonard done exactly that this week, I’ll post the movie as soon as its online.