The WISRD Coral Research Group is a collaboration between WISRD and the Mariner Ocean Research Institute’s Coral Restoration Center at St. Monica Catholic High School.
MORI maintains a large marine laboratory, where corals will be grown. WISRD will use their Ceramic 3D Printer to fabricate platforms for growing coral.
Research Questions Under Consideration
(1) Is the accelerated growth rate seen in microfragmented corals due to the number of polyps present in the fragment or the length/amount of skeletal material in the fragment?
(2) Do different spacing patterns on the ceramic 3D printed base affect the growth rate of microfragments?
(3) How do growth rates for microfragments grown in the lab compare to published growth rates for species grown in tanks outside under natural sunlight or in protected ocean nurseries?