From February 20 through May 31, 2012, I had the opportunity to join the Florida International University’s research team in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay. Over a three and a half month period, I assisted Cindy Bessey, a Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University, in collecting data for her research on the effects of top predators initiating trophic cascades in marine ecosystems, with a focus on mesoherbivores and seagrasses. Field research included shark fishing, transects, enclosure experiments, tethering experiments, camera deployment, fish trapping, alga surveys, and gut content analysis. Our research team was able to successfully conduct a majority of our experiments, contributing data to Cindy Bessey’s project as well as the long-term data sets of the Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project (Hereafter ‘SBERP’). In addition, I conducted a preliminary study on the digestive tracts of the Western Striped Trumpeter (Pelates octolineatus) collected from a neighboring habitat, the Wooramel seagrass bank. Therefore, I was able to compare the gut contents in order to relate differences in seagrass banks and the relative abundance of seagrass species between the two sites.
Bauer, Petter A., "Gut content analysis and potential herbivory effects of the western striped trumpeter, Pelates octolineatus" (2012). Internship Reports (Restricted). 210.
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