(The Bahamas) with other
scientists to study life among the coral
These reefs are in great danger, and the first step
in saving them is understanding the extraordinary variety of
species that live there.
is to count and identify all
the animals on the reef. Mollusks are abundant in the ecosystem, especially in the rubble and seagrass that surround the living reef. For
other organisms, however, we're not finding healthy numbers
at all. Why? Human activity, such as pollution and overfishing,
has disrupted the reefs ecosystem.
not only to the species that live there, but to the economy
of the Bahamas. We're hoping our research will help conservation
efforts and enable us to work with local populations to protect this fragile