Coral fragments from the FKNMS coral nursery are transplanted to local reefs by divers.
Each fragment is photographed four times a year to monitor growth and competition with other organisms.
Research divers measure substrate composition, coral bleaching, and fish abundance as well as water quality measures such as temperature, pH and salinity.
Divers also count and observe the feeding behaviors and territoriality of reef herbivores such as parrotfishes and damselfishes.
The CMR Team has been raising money to help offset the cost of this summer's coral restoration effort.
To date the CMR Team has raised over $2,500 in small grants and from the donations of friends and family.
The CMR Team is currently in residence at the Keys Marine Laboratory preparing the coral transplants and surveying the reefs where the corals will be placed.
For some CMR Team members, this is their first time diving on a coral reef.
They will photograph the reef substrate for further analysis when they return to campus.