The Nissei Foundation has awarded Dr Wyatt and colleagues a Grant for Environmental Issues Research by Young Researchers, 環境問題研究助成 (若手研究):
Title: Elucidating jungle-to-reef connections using state-of-the-art chemical tracers: Towards harmony between human activities and the pristine environments of Iriomote-jima, Japan | 最先端化学トレーサーによる亜熱帯林とサンゴ礁生態系のつながりの 解明：西表島の貴重な自然の保全と人間活動の調和に向けて
Participants: Alex. S.J. Wyatt, Toshi Nagata, Yusuke Yokoyama, Toshihiro Miyajima, James Leichter (Scripps)
This grant will facilitate ongoing work examining ecological links between oceanic and terrestrial processes in the pristine coral reef ecosystems of the west coast of Iriomote-jima. Preliminary isotope tracer work has demonstrated that corals may be strongly dependent on ancient carbon exported from the forested catchment feeding into Funauki Bay, which suggests that reef habitats across the bay may depend on the preservation of the intact upstream sub-tropical forest.
Thank you to the Nissei Foundation for their support.