KICC students include the following:
Karin Abrahamsson is a first-year Master’s student working with Dr. Luis Gonzalez in studying the modern displacement of corals and other back reef biota by crustose coralline algae and rhodoids in southwestern Puerto Rico. High resolution analysis (petrographic, elemental, isotopic, and geomicrobiological) will be conducted on crustose coralline algae and rhodoids collected from reefs near La Parguera in southwestern Puerto Rico and Isla de Mona. This study integrates diverse quantitative data to investigate the controls of climate and ocean chemistry on the recent genesis and distribution of rhodoids in shallow environments. Results will offer an increased understanding of carbonate systems containing crustose coralline algae and rhodoids as important hydrocarbon reservoir rocks in the geologic past.