Florida Keys

View of the reefs off the coast of Key Largo

The individual patch reefs are visible in this shot.

The individual patch reefs are visible in this shot.

 

May-June 2015

A territorial terminal phase (TP) male patrolling his reef during the spawning period.

A territorial terminal phase (TP) male patrolling his spawning territory during the spawning period.

A non-territorial TP male on the same reef during the spawning period. He is hanging off to the side of the reef and only tries to spawn with females when the territorial TP male swims away.

A non-territorial TP male on the same reef during the spawning period. He only tries to spawn with females when the territorial TP male is away.

April Lamb, Dianna May, and Izte Carbal trying to following and record the very fast and evasive territorial TP male.

Dianna May (IRSC), April Lamb (NCSU), and Itze Cabral (IRSC) following and recording the behavior of a very fast and evasive territorial TP male.

Itze observing a TP male.

Hard to spot the TP male Itze is watching!

A very gravid (full of eggs) female during the spawning period.

A gravid (full of eggs) female during the spawning period.

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John watching a TP male at his spawning site.

John watching a TP male at his spawning site. The females below are hard to spot.

 

May-June 2014

A visit to the Everglades on a windy day. Jeannie Brady, Brandon Klapheke, Julianna Prim, Melissa Lamm, Sidney Gaston Sanchez, and Ali Lukowsky.

A visit to the Everglades on a windy day. Jeannie Brady, Brandon Klapheke, Julianna Prim, Melissa Lamm, Sidney Gaston Sanchez, and Ali Lukowsky.

A calmer day finally permitted us to go to the reefs.

A calmer day finally permitted us to go to the reefs.

All of us on the Privateer.

The crew on the larger Privateer. Clockwise: Dr. John Godwin (NCSU), Julianna Prim (NCSU), Brandon Klapheke (NCSU), Jeannie Brady (IRSC), Ali Lukowsky (IRSC), Sidney Gaston Sanchez (NCSU), Melissa Lamm (NCSU), and Ann Liu (Otago).

Dr. Bill Tyler, IRSC

Dr. Bill Tyler, IRSC

Snorkeling over a patch reef we set up for a sex-change experiment.

Snorkeling over a patch reef we set up for a sex-change experiment.

TP male with black fin tips

TP male with black pectoral fin tips.

Ann

Ann recording a fish’s behavior.

Brandon

Brandon

Julianna

Julianna

John observing a fish.

John observing a fish.

Jeannie

Jeannie

Dr. Bill Tyler, IRSC.

Bill

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Heading out at sunrise to catch fish.

Heading out at sunrise to catch fish.

Sexing, measuring, and tagging fish from a patch reef. We release them back onto the reef and record their behaviors to determine which females are changing sex.

Sexing, measuring, and tagging fish from a patch reef. We release them back onto the reef and record their behaviors to determine which females are changing sex.

Tagged female

Tagged female

Trying to identify a tag's colors.

Trying to identify a tag’s colors.

Observing a tagged female.

Observing a tagged female.

View of the tagged fish from the boat.

View of the tagged fish from the boat.

Tagged females at a spawning site. One is changing sex!

Tagged females at a spawning site. One is changing sex!

Melissa observing, Ann's pic

Courtesy of Ann Liu’s skillful photography.

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A beautiful view of this reef.

 

May-June 2012

Me and Sophie Austin, here a Sophomore during the 2012 field work season, loading the boat with gear in preparation for heading out to the reefs.

Me and Sophie Austin (here a Sophomore during the 2012 field work season) loading the boat with gear in preparation for heading out to the reefs.

On days we are catching females to set up sex change experiments, we head out to the reefs during sunrise in order to catch the fish before the late morning/early afternoon spawning period.

On days we are catching females to set up sex change experiments, we head out to the reefs during sunrise in order to catch the fish early in the morning before the late morning/early afternoon spawning period.

Some days couldn't be more perfect for catching and observing bluehead wrasses!

Some days couldn’t be more perfect for catching and observing bluehead wrasses.

Here's me snorkeling over one of the reefs on which we were conducting a sex change experiment.

Snorkeling over one of the reefs on which we were conducting a sex change experiment.