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Because my topic before was too broad, I narrowed my focus to be sure to provide a more well-rounded explanation of a coral disease effecting the areas we are going to be visiting, leading me to choose White Pox Disease. The outline is as follows.

I. Introductions

II. Acropora palmata (Elkhorn coral)
A. Role in reef system
B. Distribution and Abundance
C. Reproduction

III. White Pox Disease
A. Symptoms
B. Effects only A. palmata
C. Pathogen - Serratia marcescens
D. Abundance
E. Communicability/Virulence

IV. Disease Factors
A. Influx of improperly treated fecal matter
B. Decreased population of sewage eating reef sponge
C. Global warming, increased ocean temperatures
D. Decreased coral defenses

V. Conclusions, Questions, and Ongoing Research




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