I am currently looking for students that would like to do a Master of Philosophy with me at the University of Belize, starting in January 2020. The M.Phil. program is a new, research-based Master's at UB. Students will spend most of their time carrying out a research project, and the program only requires three seminar classes in the specialty field. Students will gain research and technical skills, and as a condition of completion will publish one peer-reviewed research paper by the end of their degree. For more information on the program, see https://www.ub.edu.bz/download/mphil-application/
The successful applicants will work with me and Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts at the Environmental Research Institute in Belmopan, Belize as part of a larger effort to understand reef resilience in Belize. Specifically, they will conduct research in historical ecology or paleoecology to help test hypotheses about patterns of reef diversity and growth on centennial and decadal timescales. For more information about projects or living in Belmopan, please contact Dr. Anna Weiss, aweiss [at] ub [dot] edu [dot] bz.
I had the opportunity to join Dr. Arlenie Rogers and Giselle Borden from UB ERI on a field trip exploring development and sustainability in Belize. We got to visit beautiful Harvest Caye in Placencia and The Reserve in Stann Creek to learn how they are incorporating sustainability into their business models. It was inspiring to see businesses that aim to be responsible community members and citizens (amid beautiful scenery!). Below are photos from that trip.
Top 2 Rows: Harvest Caye; Bottom Row: The Reserve
An article about my recent paper on coral extinction during the PETM has been published in Natural History Magazine's April issue, here
I will be on KUT during Morning Edition this Monday February 4, discussing my most recent paper on coral survival during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum! Tune in at 90.5 FM
My newest paper with Dr. Rowan Martindale was accepted and is now in press in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology!
Main point #1: There is no extinction of coral genera in the late Paleocene; however there are extinctions at the species level.
Main point #2: Differences in habitat, reproductive strategy, diet, coloniality and photosymbiotic ability make some corals more susceptible to extinction.
Main point #3: The early Paleogene is an important case study in how coral communities survive extreme environmental perturbations.