Biodiversity in the southern gulf of mexico principal investigator john w tunnell jr phd research among the more exposed ecosystems are the beaches coastal wetlands and coral reefs to which the expected rise in seawater temperature the acidification from the effects of global climate change increased turbidity from sediments . Coral reefs of the southern gulf of mexico harte research institute for gulf of mexico studies edited by john w tunnell jr ernesto a chavez and kim withers foreword by sylvia earle . The harte research institute for gulf of mexico studies at texas am university corpus christi is the only marine research institute dedicated solely to advancing the long term sustainable use and conservation of the worlds ninth largest body of water established in 2001 hri integrates outstanding scientific research with public policy to provide international leadership in generating and . Hri has a long history of research into the biodiversity of the gulf of mexico including the publication of gulf of mexico origins waters and biota volume 1 biodiversity by texas am university press in 2009 created through a comprehensive inventory conducted by harte research institute hri for gulf of mexico studies the project brought a team of 140 taxonomists from 80 . Fig 171 coral reefs in the southern gulf of mexico reefs are denoted by black dots submerged banks by white campeche bank reefs the coral reefs in the bay of campeche are mainly located near the edge of the continental shelf very far from land although there is a group of three small reefs near the coast off sisal yucatan fig 171
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