Patrick Cabaitan

Patrick Cabaitan

Marine Science Institute
University of the Philippines  (Philippines)

Research interests

Research Interests: Reef community and restoration ecology

Research Goal: To investigate the vital population processes and key reef processes (e.g., predation, competition, herbivory) that influence the dynamics of reef fish and coral communities to gain insights on how reef communities respond and recover from a disturbance (e.g., thermal stress, exploitative fishing), which are essential in the advancement of reef conservation and restoration initiatives.

Specific Research Topics:  Influence of vital population processes of corals (recruitment, post-settlement mortality, growth, partial mortality and colony mortality) on reef state variables  Coral restoration and restocking of giant clams  Coral and giant clam reproduction and larval rearing  Relative impacts between small (e.g., competition) and large scale (e.g., environmental conditions) factors on reef communities  Reef fish and habitat associations  Decadal patterns of reef fish and coral recruitment  Interaction between corals and other biota (sponge, soft coral, macroalgae)

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  Sonar / Multibeam
  Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV)
  In-situ instrumentation
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Research summary (from publications)