Sangeeta Mangubhai

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [Note: this is the fourth in a series of blogs documenting a new scientific survey of the waters and islands comprising Fiji’s Northern Lau Group] Periodic disturbances to coral reefs increase coral diversity by creating new space for new species to colonize. Shortly after a disturbance it is usually the “weedy” species...

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [Note: this is the third in a series of blogs documenting a new scientific survey of the waters and islands comprising Fiji’s Northern Lau Group] Lagoons have always fascinated me. The size, shape, and length of a lagoon – and the number of channels that connect inner lagoonal waters with the open ocean...

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [This is the sixth and final blog in a series by WCS-Fiji Director Sangeeta Mangubhai assessing the damage to coral reefs caused by Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm that hit Fiji on February 20] After 10 days at sea, traveling over 500km and completing 26 dives, I have solid data on the...

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [This is the fifth in a series of blogs by WCS-Fiji Director Sangeeta Mangubhai assessing the damage to coral reefs caused by Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm that hit Fiji on February 20] Over the last two days we have been diving in the Namena Marine Reserve. There was much debate...

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [This is the fourth in a series of blogs by WCS-Fiji Director Sangeeta Mangubhai assessing the damage to coral reefs caused by Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm that hit Fiji on February 20] Before Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, we were following closely the El Niño cycle, the drought, and reports of...

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [This is the third in a series of blogs by WCS-Fiji Director Sangeeta Mangubhai assessing the damage to coral reefs caused by Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm that hit Fiji on February 20] It is Day 3 in our investigation of Cyclone Winston’s impact on the corals of Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra Seascape....

By Sangeeta Mangubhai [This is the second in a series of blogs by WCS-Fiji Director Sangeeta Mangubhai assessing the damage to coral reefs caused by Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm that hit Fiji on February 20] Our first dives were in and around the Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park, which has been proposed as a conservation...