At the Center of Research
in the Western Pacific

Research

 
Research Thrusts 
 
The Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium (GEC), funded by a $6M Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant from the National Science Foundation, was formed in 2015 following the aftermath of the island’s largest coral bleaching event on record. During the bleaching event, University of Guam Marine Laboratory scientists noted a difference in bleaching susceptibility among the affected corals. Today, GEC researchers seek to understand what accounts for the differences by studying the genetics of Guam’s coral species and the physical oceanography of the island’s marine habitats. This insight will ultimately inform local, regional, and global coral research, which the GEC aims to share through the creation of a GEC Biorepository. 
 



Pago Bay Overlook.

 
The Guam EPSCoR Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium (GEC) research program structure is divided into three components: 

·      Biorepository                                                        
·      Coral Genetics
·      Coastal Oceanography

                                                     
 
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number OIA-1457769.
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