Shallow water corals of Cyprus

Shallow water corals of Cyprus (eastern Mediterranean) The first ecological study of the scleractinian corals of the island of Cyprus. The following poster was presented by Dr. Carlos Jimenez at the Euro International Society for Reef Studies Symposium 2010: Reefs in a changing environment held between 13-17 December 2010 in Wageningen, Netherlands. This project is [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Palaeoecology of marine habitats

Aim: Ecological reconstruction of past and ancient marine habitats of Cyprus. Objectives: Reconstruct the composition and diversity of marine communities, particularly in coralligenous habitats. Study of the past relationships between marine organisms (e.g. epibionts) in the fossil records from different habitats (e.g. coastal, marine). Study of the growth rates of calcifying organisms in the fossil [...]

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Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on the Marine Habitats

Aim: To understand the resilience of the marine ecosystems to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Objectives: Baseline data on the composition of coralligenous habitats in relation to inputs of terrestrial and atmospheric nutrients. Document the occurrence of mass mortality and bleaching of corals associated to sea warming events. Study of the cascading effects of non-native marine [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Coralligenous Habitats

Aim: Assessment of the deep and shallow water coralligenous habitats. Objectives: Built a baseline data platform of the status, distribution and species composition of the coralligenous habitats around Cyprus. Monitoring of the responses of the coralligenous to environmental changes by targeting specific groups of organisms (e.g. corals and bryozoans). Study of the epibionts in shallow [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Check-list and distribution of calcareous organisms (Bryozoan, Scleractinian corals) along the southern coasts of Cyprus

Katerina Achilleos Advisors: Dr. Carlos Jimenez (The Cyprus Institute), Dr. Spyros Sfendourakis (University of Cyprus). The Eastern Mediterranean has been classified among the most oligotrophic regions of the World’s oceans. Nevertheless, it is well known that the Levantine Basin and especially Cyprus, host high biodiversity at a low biomass. The primary purpose of this study was [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Biospeleology

Aim: To understand the ecological connectivity or isolation of submerged cave environments. Objectives: Baseline data on the distribution and characteristics of the ecological communities in submerged caves. Connectivity of the cave environments in relation to nutrients’ pathways and exchange of organisms. Characterization of the coelobites and encrusting communities on the speleothems and bioconstructions. Collaborators: Cyprus [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Artificial Reefs

Aim: To understand, monitor and characterise the colonisation processes, environmental variables and site selection criteria of biofouling organisms on artificial structures. Objectives:To collect baseline data regarding artificial reefs and structures and document the colonoisation process in order to gain an understanding of the variables that should be studied selected when choising an artificial reef site. [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Ancient and Modern Wrecks Ecology

Aim: Understand the past and present ecological communities associated to submerged wrecks. Objectives: Characterization and monitoring of the encrusting and vagile (e.g. ichthyofauna) organisms of the wrecks. Analysis of the geochemical composition and nature of the sediments inside and around the wreck sites. Comparison of the biological communities at wrecks of different age and location [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Deep-water caves

Aim: Exploration of deep-water caves in Cyprus Objectives: The project involves the preliminary exploration of some caves in the North and South of Cyprus using technical diving techniques. It seeks to generate information on the caves’ characteristics and the organisms that constitute the marine biodiversity found in these largely unknown habitats. The information generated will [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion

Aim: Monitoring the invasion of Lionfish in Cyprus Objectives: The project aims to monitor and analyze the presence of the highly invasive alien species lionfish in Cyprus. Through a well-established island-wide network of collaborators (professional and recreational divers and fishermen, port and governmental authorities, volunteers and observers of opportunity) we acquire records of sightings and [...]

February 13th, 2017|