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$2.5 Million Grant Will Help UVI Study Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in U.S. Virgin Islands

Staff Consortium | August 19, 2021

The University of the Virgin Islands announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $2.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study stony coral tissue loss disease in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This devastating disease affecting reef-building corals is ravishing the reefs of the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Since first discovered in the territory in 2019, many reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands have lost more than half of their coral, UVI said. Negative effects of coral loss include less diversity of marine life, less protection from storm surge, and lower water quality.   Unfortunately, the cause(s) of stony coral tissue loss disease has yet to be identified and modeling the spread of these diseases has been challenging. Classical approaches to modeling the spread and impact of disease are…

UVI's Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program…

Staff Consortium | March 09, 2021

The University of the Virgin Islands Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program has received a generous…

Scientists Said to Discover Species of Ancient 'Shrimp'…

Staff Consortium | September 02, 2020

A new species of Caribbean “clam shrimp” has been discovered at an unlikely place: the water hazards…

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