Windward Community College

Coral Reef

Laboratory and

Field Studies


David A. Krupp, Ph.D

WCC Students Using a GPS to Map a Shallow Reef Flat

Using a Quadrat to Measure the Characteristics of a Coral Patch

Laboratory and field studies of

the biology, ecology and geology

of stony corals and the reef

structures they build; companion

course to Biology 200. (2 credit

hours; 6 hr lab).

Lab and Field Activities Include:
Understanding corals as
members of Phylum Cnidaria
and recognizing the higher taxa
forming this phylum.
Learning about the details of the
soft tissue and skeletal features
used in coral taxonomy.

Coral Reef Monitoring and Assessment

Biochemical Analyses

Recognizing and identifying the
major Hawaiian representatives
of stony corals, other
invertebrates, fishes and
Field trips to various reef
environments and fossil reef
The use and application of
various laboratory and field
techniques as they apply to
the study of corals and coral reefs:
respirometry, pigment analyses,
water quality assessments,
larval biology, growth, reef biota
surveys and resource
assessments, reef
geomorphology, remote
sensing, GIS, GPS,
and sediment analyses.

Snorkeling on the Kane'ohe Bay Barrier Reef

GIS Study of the Reef at Moku O Lo'e

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BIOL 200 Homepage
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Page prepared by Dave Krupp, July 21, 2001