Ecological Intelligence for Reef Restoration (EcoRRAP)

Marine Lechene

AIMS@JCU PhD Candidate

My project aims to explore how coral colony survival and spacing influence the viability of coral populations for a range of representative taxa across habitats on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. I am using 3D models and 2D orthomosaics for a portion of EcoRRAP sites to quantify coral growth, mortality, and spatial metrics (e.g., habitat complexity, coral colony location and spacing). I hope this project will contribute to a better understanding of the role of demographic rates and spatial distributions of corals in reef trajectory.