Coral reefs in Jobos Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) are under duress by anthropogenic as well as by natural stressors. The main purpose of this project is to implement the FORAM Index and to determine which factors play a seasonal role in the water quality of the reefs. This project is funded by Puerto Rico Sea Grant.
The overall project scope is to describe, understand, and compare the effects of sediment quality conditions on estuarine benthic foraminiferal and bacteria in order to demonstrate the utility of the Foram-AMBI and microgAMBI indices as long-term and cost-effective biomonitoring tools for estuarine health assessment. With this, the working group will be able to place constraints on the physiochemical parameters that control both indices in the estuarine environments of the San Juan, Guanica, and Jobos Bays and draw statistical inferences on the ecological response, resiliency, and adaptation of foramminifera and microbes by answering the fundamental question of biotic and geochemical rapid response signals.
This work is in collaboration with Angel Dieppa (Research Coordinator for Jobos Bay), Dr. Jorge Bauza (Science Director for the San Juan Bay), and Mr. Roberto Viqueira (Executive Director of Protectores de Cuencas in Guanica Bay). This project is funded by Puerto Rico Sea Grant.