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The Sumitomo Foundation has awarded an Environmenal Research Grant (環境研究助成) to Dr Wyatt and colleagues for their pioneering work on the environmental drivers of the structure and function of ‘twilight reefs’ (deep-water mesophotic coral ecosystems).
Title: A refuge for coral reef biodiversity: trophic function and reproduction in the twilight zone | 危機に瀕したサンゴ礁生物の避難場所：薄明帯の学際的解明による保全・再生の支援
Participants: Alex S.J. Wyatt, Toshihiro Miyajima, Toshi Nagata, James Leichter (Scripps), Satoshi Mitarai (OIST), Kazuhiko Sakai (U Ryukyu), Rob Toonen (U Hawaii).
Thank you to the Sumitomo Foundation for their support.
Dr Wyatt has been awarded the Dongsha Atoll Research Award (2016-2017) by the Dongsha Atoll Research Station (DARS), managed by Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYU). The award will facilitate the implementation of a collaborative project with Professor Yu-Huai Wang (NSYU) examining the impact of internal waves on the biochemistry and ecology of Dongsha’s reef communities, focusing on ‘twilight zone’ mesophotic coral ecosystems around the atoll.
Dr Wyatt is excited to begin examining the reefs around Dongsha Atoll, which experiences some of the most energetic internal wave activity on the planet, and collaborating with Professor Wang’s group and NSYU. The support of the Dongsha Atoll Research Station is greatly appreciated.