Effects of hydrodynamics on coral recruitment, dispersion of substances, and flow induced forces on snails
This project explores how turbulence, flow velocity and flow induced forces affect ecological interactions and adaptations, and organism performance.
With state of the art equipment, we use experimental approaches to investigate the effects of flow strength and turbulence on:
-Dispersion of chemical substances
-Fertilization success of broadcast spawners
-Larval attachment probabilities
-Growth rates of organisms.
Furthermore, flow induced forces can be measured and detachment stress of organisms determined.