Biomechanics of Invertebrate Shells
Dickinson, Gary H.
Sison, Justin N.
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Marine biofouling is the growth of organisms on human-made structures placed in the ocean. Biofouling is a major issue for naval and maritime industries, with mitigation expenses costing millions of dollars each year. Lophelia pertusa is a cold water, deep sea coral found in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic. The purpose of this study is 1) to establish a marine biofouling test site on the New Jersey coast and 2) to answer whether differences in seawater chemistry will impact biomechanics, structure or composition of the L. pertusa skeleton.
Department of Biology
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