National Coral Reef Institute NOAA Earmark

Principal Investigator/Project Director

Bernhard Riegl

Colleges / Centers

Halmos College of Arts and Sciences


U.S. DOC - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Start Date



The congressional language at the basis of present RFP coincides with NSU’s push into reviving and strengthening its capability in environmental research, especially with regards to coral reefs. An existing institute, the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) will be reinvigorated and will be the locus of coral-reef specific research. NCRI has been in existence for over two decades and the present support will allow it to expand and remain at the service of Florida and the US Caribbean, their people and their environments. Several of the challenges laid down by the earmark language are bigger than just disease aspects and require a holistic view of coral reefs and the stresses acting on them - stresses that ultimately result in disease outbreaks. Coral reefs are a critically important part of Florida’s and the US Caribbean’s environment, therefore these monies will be used to produce management-relevant research that can be of immediate use to Federal and State Agencies. Provide a succinct and accurate description of the proposal in no more than 1000 words. The abstract must capture the academic significance of the research, the hypotheses or research questions to be addressed, the approach and feasibility of the study. CIP Code Natural Resources and Conservation Please select a CIP code (Science Code) that mostly closely describes the primary research contained in this proposal:

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