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Nate Jaros & Briana Fodor

Aquarium staff members Nate Jaros and Briana Fodor will discuss the Aquarium’s involvement in coral reef restoration field work. Jaros traveled to Palau in 2019 to support SECORE International and Newcastle University’s CORALASSIST Lab. This work included aiding in research to study the effects of warming seas on the coral populations, as well as techniques for scalable restoration methods. Palau’s rock islands possess shallow lagoons that remain slightly warmer than surrounding seas, which makes this an excellent area to study the effects of increasing temperature on reefs. Fodor traveled to the Bahamas in 2019 to participate in SECORE’s restoration work there. Jaros is the Aquarium’s curator of fish and invertebrates, and Fodor is a senior aquarist.