Field lab in Fiji - As part of a 5 year NIH (chemical ecology, drug discovery, and conservation of marine resources) and NSF (chemical ecology and coral reef community dynamics) research effort, Ga Tech has established a small live-in field laboratory on the coral coast of Viti Levu, Fiji. The field station is on the water, located adjacent to the marine protected area of Votua Village, has a chemistry/equipment lab, living space for 6, a dive locker wet lab area, and outside areas suitable for establishing a small flow-through seawater system.

A coral grow-out rack in the Marine Protected Area where a Ph.D. student is conducting experiments on chemical mediation of seaweed-coral interactions (see Rasher DB and ME Hay. 2010. Chemically rich seaweeds poison corals when not controlled by herbivores. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107: 9683-9688.


A view from the hill above the marine lab.