Settlement to a square

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‘Settlement to a square’

By Anya Brown

UGA Graduate Student

"Coral reefs are among the most important, as well as the most fragile, ecosystems on the planet. Reef resilience will determine whether these sensitive ecosystems will be present in the future, in the face of an ocean full of stressors. My square is an idealized example of a settlement tile - a surface placed on a reef where reef species settle and scientists use to gauge the "health" of a reef. This square represents a coral-rich community, with calcified algae that provides additional space for reef species."

What materials did you use to make your square?

Sculpey clay, paper, hot glue gun