In order to examine causal effects beyond correlations experiments need to be performed. Marine Animal Ecology performs experiments in the field, in mesocosms and in the lab.
In the Dutch Caribbean and in the remote Pacific, Marine Animal Ecology uses Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures to perform experiments in the field. uses various treatments of adding nutrients to see how it affects colonizing community structure and function.
A mesocosm represents an outdoor system somewhere between an aquarium in the lab and an experiment in the field. It examines as much as possible the natural environment but then under controlled conditions. Projects using such mesocosm systems at Marine Animal Ecology include:
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Marine animal ecology performs various experiments in the lab. For instance using the existing coral adult and larval to test for effects of external stressors on their ecophysiological performance. Furthermore, looks at effects of sedimentation in combination with seawater temperature rise on deep sea sponges in order to better conserve sponge grounds.
Techniques used & Implications
In our experiments, Marine Animal Ecology studies . Better understanding individual or community functioning will contribute to better ecosystems conservation towards .