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USGS: Send Us Students From Florida To Study Virgin Islands Coral

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has opened up a study of the territory’s coral reefs to the students of one Florida college, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Santa Fe College’s Research in Undergraduate Education (RUE) program said it is partnering with the USGS to provide undergraduates the opportunity to study coral in the Virgin Islands this May.

“Coral is being threatened as oceans warm and acidify. Recent expeditions by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have found coral thriving in a novel habitat under the shade of coastal mangroves,” the college said in a written statement.

Students of Sante Fe College will spend several weeks preparing for our own research expedition, followed by two weeks collecting data while snorkeling in the Virgin Islands, the college said.

“Upon our return, we will use the data to map coral location and diversity and environmental co-variables (shade coverage, water temperature, etc.) in coastal mangrove habitats,” Sante Fe College said.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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