Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences
Dr. David Hicks
Dr. Erin E. Easton
Dr. Keir Macartney
Black corals provide an important ecosystem of marine life and are found throughout all the oceans of the world at depths between 2 and 8,600 m. However, little is understood about their life history and the factors that control the distribution of black corals, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Given the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on soft corals (e.g., black corals and octocorals) in the GoM, studies of their growth and reproductive biology in both natural and aquaculture environments are crucial for restoration efforts. The objectives of this study were to examine reproductive processes, compare growth rates in situ and in aquaculture, and provide an aquaculture guide for two species of black corals (Stichopathes luetkeni and Antipathes atlantica) in the GoM. The data collected during this study will provide vital information for the protection and management of black corals at mesophotic depths in the GoM.
Salinas, Victoria E., "Growth and Reproduction in Gulf of Mexico Black Corals (Antipatharians) in Field and Laboratory Studies" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 1100.