Creative Inquiry

Current Projects


Conservation of Marine Resources

Description

The Conservation of Marine Resources creative inquiry team participates in marine ecology research to benefit the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Current projects include studying (1) the direct and indirect impact of parrotfish grazing on the survival of coral transplants, and (2) the impact of mass sponge mortality on the survival of juvenile Caribbean spiny lobsters.

Courses (See instructor for enrollment)

Sel Topics in Creative Inq I (BIOL 3940 001)
Sel Top in Creat Inq I Lab (BIOL 3941 001)

Team Leader(s)

Kylie Smith, MSBiological Sciences
Michael Childress, PhDBiological Sciences

Accomplishments

Childress, M. J., Heldt, K. A., Miller, S. D. (2015, March). Are juvenile Caribbean spiny lobsters (Panulirus argus) becoming less social? ICES Journal of Marine Science.
Heldt, K. A., Bridges, W. C., Jr, Childress, M. J. (2015, February). Behavioral response to habitat loss in juvenile spiny lobsters. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 521: 117-128.
Parmenter, K.J., Vigueira, P. A., Morlok, C. K., Micklewright, J. A., Smith, K. M., Paul, K. S., Childress, M. J. (2013). Seasonal prevalence of Hematodinium sp. infections of blue crabs in three South Carolina (USA) rivers. Estuaries and Coasts 36:174-191.
Parrotfish impact on coral health and survival in the Florida Keys
Bottoms Up in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary - Episode 1
FKNMS - Summer 2013Conducting research at the Keys Marine Laboratory.
FKNMS - Summer 2013Counting jellyfish in Long Key Lake, Long Key State Park.
FKNMS - Summer 2013Building parrotfish exclusion cages.
FKNMS - Summer 2013Conducting fish surveys using Go Pro cameras.
FKNMS - Summer 2012Analyzing water samples at the Keys Marine Laboratory.
FKNMS - Summer 2012Taking plankton samples from Florida Bay.
FKNMS - Summer 2013Preparing corals fragments for transplantation on the reef.
FKNMS - Summer 2012Atlantic spadefish on the Benwood Wreck.
FKNMS - Summer 2012Exploring the wreck of the Spiegel Grove.
FKNMS - Summer 2012Underwater videophotography while on SCUBA.
FKNMS - Summer 2011Anemone shrimp in a giant purple anemone.
FKNMS - Summer 2011Juvenile spiny lobsters crowding under a coral head.
FKNMS - Summer 2011Learning sponge identification while in the water.
FKNMS - Fall 2009Three amigos on SCUBA.
FKNMS - Fall 2009On the boat heading out to Looe Key Reef.
FKNMS - Fall 2009Pillar coral at the Looe Key SPA.
FKNMS - Fall 2009Conducting research at the Keys Marine Laboratory.
FKNMS - Fall 2009CMR team versus the giant lobster.
FKNMS - Fall 2008Live coral at Cheeca Rocks SPA.
FKNMS - Fall 2008Hawksbill turtle at the Cheeca Rocks SPA.
FKNMS - Fall 2008Checking a juvenile lobster for a microwire tag.
FKNMS - Fall 2008Conducting research at the Keys Marine Laboratory.
ACE Basin NERR - Summer 2010Stuck in the pluff mud.
ACE Basin NERR - Spring 2010Ready to pull some crab pots on the Combahee River.
ACE Basin NERR - Spring 2009Sampling the pluff mud soft sediment community.
ACE Basin NERR - Spring 2009Drawing blood from a blue crab to check for disease.
ACE Basin NERR - Spring 2009Sampling blue crabs at the McKinzie Field Station
Smith, K. and Childress, M. (2016, March 12). Top-down versus bottom-up regulation of corals in the Florida Keys. Oral presentation presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Tallahassee, FL.
*Sims, R., *Towe, A., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, March 12). Defenders of the reef: Impacts of damselfish territoriality on coral reef algal community structure. Oral presentation presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Tallahassee, FL.
*Fraser, L., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, March 12). Stay off my lawn: Territoriality and social structure differences in two species of reef parrotfishes.Oral presentation presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Tallahassee, FL.
*Guryan, T., *Ehlert, A., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, March 12). Going my own way: Testing why spiny lobsters are becoming less social. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Tallahassee, FL.
*Coster, D., *Ehlers, A., *Whitt, J., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, March 12). Veggie Tails: Variable dietary selectivity of parrotfish in the Florida Keys. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Tallahassee, FL.
*Guryan, T., *Ehlert, A., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, April 7). Going my own way: Testing why spiny lobsters are becoming less social. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Focus on Creative Inquiry, Clemson, SC.
*Sims, R., *Towe, A., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, February 20). Defenders of the reef: Impacts of damselfish territoriality on coral reef algal community structure. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Clemson Biological Sciences Annual Student Symposium, Clemson, SC.
*Fraser, L., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, February 20). Stay off my lawn: Territoriality and social structure differences in two species of reef parrotfishes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Clemson Biological Sciences Annual Student Symposium, Clemson, SC.
*Guryan, T., *Ehlert, A., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (2016, February 20). Going my own way: Testing why spiny lobsters are becoming less social. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Clemson Biological Sciences Annual Student Symposium, Clemson, SC.
Veggie Tails: Variable dietary selectivity of parrotfish in the Florida KeysCoster, D., Ehlers, A., Whitt, J., Smith, K., and Childress, M. 2016, February 20. Veggie Tails: Variable dietary selectivity of parrotfish in the Florida Keys. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Clemson Biological Sciences Annual Student Symposium, Clemson, SC.
*Burgess, M., *Sims, R., Smith, K., Childress, M. (2015, January). Rescuing the Reef: Monitoring the impacts of macroalgal competition and parrotfish grazing on coral transplants. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, West Palm, FL.
*Burgess, M.T., *Sims, R.J., Smith, K.M., Childress, M.J. (2015). Rescuing the Reef: Monitoring the impacts of macroalgal competition and grazing on coral transplants. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference, Athens, Georgia.
2015 Coral Burgess Sims Smith.pdf*Burgess, M., *Sims, R., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (April, 2015). Monitoring the impact of macroalgal competition and grazing on coral transplants. Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium, Clemson, SC
2015 Lobster Ehlert Fraser Smith.pdf*Ehlert, A., *Fraser, L., Smith, K., and Childress, M. (April, 2015). Are lobsters from disease free habitats more social? Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium, Clemson, SC
2015 Parrotfish Whitt Drake-Lavelle Coster Smith.pdf*Whitt, J., *Drake-Lavelle, K., *Coster, D., Smith K., and Childress, M. (April, 2015). Taking a bite out of the reef: factors influencing foraging patterns and dietary selectivity indices. Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium, Clemson, SC
Childress, M.J., Parmenter, K.J. (2012). Dying of Thirst: Impact of Reduced Freshwater Inflow on South Carolina Blue Crabs. Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0314, USA. 2012 S.C. Presented at the Water Resources Conference proceedings.
Childress, M.J. (2010). Modeling The Impact of Drought on South Carolina Blue Crabs Using a Spatially-Explicit Individual-Based Population Model. Proceedings of the 2010 South Carolina Water Resources Conference.
*Hoffmann, S. L., *Quirk-Royal, B.E., Smith, K.M., Childress, M.J. (2014, March 20). It ain't easy being reef: impacts of competition and corallivory in Florida Keys. Oral presentation at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
Holt, B., McClellan, K., Watts, R., Witt, R., Parmenter, K., Childress, M. (2012, March). Impact of Drought on Blue Crab Health. 2012 Benthic Ecology Meeting, Norfolk, VA March 21-24, 2012.
*Gurley, A., Parmenter, K., Childress, M. (2011, March). The influence of salinity variation on juvenile blue crab growth and survival. Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Mobile, AL.
*Miller, S.D., Heldt, K.A., Childress, M.J. (2013, March). Effects of ocean acidification on aggression and den sharing behavior of juvenile Caribbean spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus. Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.
*Micklewright, J., Parmenter, K., Childress, M. (2011, March). The influence of salinity variation on Hematodinium sp. infection of blue crabs in the ACE Basin. Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Mobile, AL.
*Holt, B., *McClellan, K., *Watts, R., *Witt, R., Parmenter, K., Childress, M. (2012, March). Impact of drought on blue crab health. Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Norfolk, VA.
*McClellan, K., *Quirk-Royal, B., Smith, K., Childress, M. (2013, March). Who says intermediacy is a bad thing? Influences of community factors on coral diversity in the Florida Keys. Presented at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Savannah, GA.
*Clarke, L., *Cunningham, K., Heldt, K., Childress, M. (2013, April). Personality in lobsters: Do juvenile spiny lobsters show repeatability in their social and anti-social behaviors? Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium, Clemson, SC. April 2013.
*Hoffmann, S. L., *O'Connor, E.K., *Burgess, M.T., Moody, K.N., Childress, M.J. (2014, March 20). Modeling population structure and adaptation in a Hawaiian stream goby: Sicyopterus stimpsoni. Poster presentation at Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
*Quirk-Royal, B., *Hoffmann, S., Childress, M., Smith, K. (2014, April). Just keep grazing: Parrotfish grazing and dietary selectivity in the Florida Keys. Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
*Hoffmann, S., Childress, M. (2014, April). It's not easy being a reef: Impacts of competition and corallivory in the Florida Keys. Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
*O_Connor, E.K., *Burgess, M.T., Moody, K.N., Childress, M.J. (2014, April). Modeling population structure and adaptation in a Hawaiian stream goby: Sicyopterus stimpsoni Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
*Ellis, J.R., *Cunningham, K.G., Heldt, K.A., Childress, M.J. (2014, March 20). Do Spiny Lobsters Prefer to Associate with Familiar Individuals? Poster presentation at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
Quirk-Royal, B.E.; Hoffmann, S.L.; Smith, K.M.; Childress, M.J. March 20, 2014. Just keep grazing: parrotfish grazing and dietary selectivity in the Florida Keys. Oral presentation at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
Hoffmann, S. L.; Quirk-Royal, B.E.; Smith, K.M.; Childress, M.J. March 20, 2014. It ain_t easy being reef: impacts of competition and corallivory in Florida Keys. Oral presentation at the Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
Smith, K.M.; Childress, M.J. March 20, 2014. Historical vs. contemporary effects on coral cover in the Florida Keys. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
*O_Connor, E.K., *Burgess, M.T., Moody, K.N., Childress, M.J. (2014, March). Modeling population structure and adaptation in a Hawaiian stream goby: Sicyopterus stimpsoni. Poster presentation at Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
*Cunningham, K., *Ellis, J., Childress, M. (2014, April). Do spiny lobsters prefer to associate with familiar individuals? Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
Smith, K.M., Childress, M.J. (2014, March 20). Historical vs. contemporary effects on coral cover in the Florida Keys. Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry - May 2015 - Clemson, SCPhil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry - May 2015 - Clemson, SC
Best Undergraduate Poster - Second Place - Clemson Biological Sciences Student SymposiumBest Undergraduate Poster - Second Place - Clemson Biological Sciences Student Symposium - Feb 2015 - Clemson, SC    
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Poster 2010 Benthic Ecology Meeting - Wilmington, NC
Best Undergraduate Poster - First Place - 2014 Focus on Creative Inquiry Symposium

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