Research

Research is an integral component of the Bahamas Marine EcoCentre. Our field station located on Little Darby Island, Exuma supports a variety of scientific studies including investigations of the worlds only living marine stromatolites. As stromatolites are a focus for several BME researchers, a ‘Stromatolite‘ page is devoted to this important topic, including a link to over 70 publications from the Research Initiative on Bahamian Stromatolites. Additional studies at the Darby Island Research Station include investigations of uranium isotopes in carbonate sediments, geobiology of salt ponds, high frequency sea level fluctuations, lionfish and damsel fish populations, and infectious sponge disease.
Darby Island Research Station

The Darby Island Research Station houses wet lab facilities, microscopes, computers, and living quarters for ten people. Student interns, local fishermen, yachtsmen and other visitors have an opportunity to interact with international scientists conducting world-class research at the Darby Island Research Station. Inquiries for use of this facility should be submitted using the “Contact Us” page.

 

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Darby Island Field Station supports a variety of scientific studies including investigations of marine stromatolites, isotopes in carbonate sediments, geobiology of salt ponds, high frequency sea level fluctuations, and fish populations.

 

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Darby Island Research Station houses wet lab facilities, computers and living quarters for ten people.

Publications resulting from research conducted at Darby Island Research Station include the following:

Henehan, M.J., Pincelli, M, Hull, P.M., Reid, R.P., Hardisty, D.S., Hood, A., Planavsky, N.J. On the reliability of ocean pH estimates derived from boron isotopes in shallow marine inorganic carbonates. In review in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Romaniello, S.J., Hermann, A.D. and Anbar, A.D. 2016. Syndepositioinal diagenetic control of molybdenum isotope variations in carbonate sediments from the Bahamas. Chemical Geology v. 438, 84-90.

Casaburi, G., Duscher, A.A., Reid, R.P. and Foster, J.S. 2016. Characterization of the stromatolite microbiome from Little Darby Island, The Bahamas using predictive and whole shotgun metagenomic analysis. Environmental Microbiology 18: 1452-1469.

Lombardi, M.R., Burleson, W., Godfrey, J., and Fryburg, R. 2013. An experimental deployment of a portable inflatable habitat in open water to augment lengthy in-water decompression by scientific divers. Marine Technology Society Journal: Diving Technologies & Techniques for the 21st Century. Volume 47, Number 6. November/December 2013. Pp 52-63.

Tarhan, L.G., Planavsky, N.J., Laumer, C.E., Stolz, J.F. and Reid, R.P. 2013. Microbial mat controls on infaunal abundance and diversity in modern marine microbialites. Geobiology. DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12049.

Reid, R.P., Foster, J.S., Radtke, G., Golubic. S. 2011. Modern Marine Stromatolites of Little Darby Island, Exuma Archipelago, Bahamas: Environmental setting, accretion mechanisms and role of euendoliths. In Reitner, J., Quéric, Nadia-Valérie Q., & Arp, G. (eds.) Advances in Stromatolite Geobiology, Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences. Springer Publishing, New York, p. 77-89.

For a pdf file listing over 70 papers from the Research Initiative on Bahamian Stromatolites, click here.

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