08. Central America – Coral Reef Studies 1991-1995
After coral collections the ship sailed visited the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, Venezuela (we drydocked the ship there), Mexico, Miami in search of a new home port and to study coral reefs. Anchored in Belize, coral reef studies were conducted in Turneffe Atoll and reefs off the Belizean mainland in collaboration with the Fisheries Department of Belize and Phil Dustan, College of Charleston. Leaf litter traps were set up in the mangroves to collect mangrove leaf samples for Matt Finn of the Smithsonian Institute who worked at the biosphere project. Dr. Josef Gittelson visited to study algaes.
Coral reefs became the Heraclitus’ focus of exploration and research for the next ten years.