Spatial Analysis Identifies Octocoral Hotspots in the Gulf of Mexico

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“Distribution and Diversity of Octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico,” by Peter J. Etnoyer

COASTAL AND MARINE SYSTEM SCIENCE PROGRAM

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI

“This dissertation tested the null hypothesis of no difference in octocoral assemblages at the three spatial scales (referred to as basin, region, and site scale) through meta-analysis of two large, original datasets. Univariate and multivariate techniques were used to compare and contrast depth zones, regions, and sites (six outer continental shelf banks) within a GIS framework. Spatial analysis techniques were used to identify octocoral ‘hotspots’ within Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.”