Bahrain’s Underwater Theme Park Project
Bahrain has started to build the largest underwater theme park in the World and they started by submerging a Boeing 747 as the main attraction. Currently it is just the plane with no corals and marine life around it. I am hoping to document the growth of corals in and around the airplane as well as the growth of life. I am also hoping to document visibility and water temperature as well as outside weather and temperature to try and see if this affects the underwater environment. The Boeing 747 is just the beginning, as the theme park expands I plan to expand the places I do the research. Because the theme park will include a replica of a Bahraini merchants house as well as artificial reefs and sculptures.
Dreischor Artificial Reefs Project
This team is interested in the long term effects of the artificial reefs of this aquatic area. This area is frequented on a regular basis for training and recreational purposes.
Fireworks Anemone Monitoring Project
Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh are a Marine Protected Area in the Scottish Highlands with extensive burrowed mud habitats. The nationally rare Pachycerianthus multiplicatus, or Fireworks Anemone, can be found in significant numbers within the MPA and are specific to very sheltered sites in fjordic sea lochs. Beds of this species are a UK Priority Marine Feature and of special conservation concern due to their apparent slow growth rate and vulnerability to environmental changes. This project will monitor a previously undocumented anemone bed in Loch Alsh.