MCR LTER graduate students Jessica Nielsen and Samantha Davis work on an exclusion cage designed to prevent access to the reef by herbivorous fishes. Credit:
Dana out in the lagoon with another local fisher working on the CNH project (left) and SDSU collaborator Jean Wencélius (right).
Dana performing an algae assay to measure herbivory in the lagoon.
A Crown_of-thorns seastar or COTS (Acanthaster planci) feeding on a coral colony.
A giant clam with blue lips
Healthy reefs support populations of diverse invertebrates and fish, such as this red spotted crab. Credit: MCR LTER