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Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow Joins Coral Reef Project

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Oculina arbuscula
Oculina arbuscula is one of the corals Greg studied for his Ph.D. dissertation.
Greg Piniak, a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, arrived at the USGS Pacific Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA, on March 31 to begin his fellowship.

Greg is a recent Ph.D. graduate in ecology from Duke University, where he wrote his dissertation on the physiology of coral feeding. For the past year, Greg has been a postdoctoral fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, NC, conducting benthic-habitat and coral-recruitment studies in the Dry Tortugas off Florida, and modeling studies to predict recovery of coral-reef systems from vessel-grounding injuries.

Greg joins the Coastal and Marine Geology Program's Coral Reef Project to provide expertise on the effects of sediment turbidity on coral productivity. Specifically, Greg will be investigating physiological energetics as an indicator of coral-reef health, with a goal of developing a physiological index (scope for growth) as a tool to evaluate the health and performance of coral-reef systems. Studies in the Coral Reef Project and throughout the Coastal and Marine Geology Program are increasingly multidisciplinary in scope, and Greg will add new breadth to our scientific strengths.

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