Living Sea Sculpture Coral Research
Living Sea Sculpture continues our coral research and the innovation of art, science, and technology for coral reef restoration.
Current research: Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture in Cozumel, Mexico
Solène Jonveaux - Zoe Coral Research Lead Biologist
Solène is a biologist from Bordeaux, France. She studied biology, scientific journalism, and international ecology in France, Scotland, Canada, and Mexico.
In 2022 she finished her master’s thesis in international ecology on Whale shark conservation management.
Solène has participated in coral restoration programs doing construction and design of Acropora coral nurseries, restoration methodology, and project management.
Solène joined the Living Sea Sculpture team in January 2021 to lead the biological research on and around Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture until 2023.
Her research greatly contributes to our understanding of Zoe’s growth and continues to help us develop new methods and designs for coral transplantation and substrate innovation.
Volunteers and our dedicated team members worked with her to care for the corals and determine procedures and methodologies to increase coral coverage and marine biodiversity on Zoe and the area. This work is vital for Living Sea Sculpture designs of the future.
We’re so grateful for her expertise, passion, and talent on the team!
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Zoe is an electrified artificial coral reef located in Cozumel, Mexico. A DNA-inspired coral refuge. Zoe touched the seafloor on September 28, 2016, and the electricity was started on the 29th.
Tagging, mapping, measuring, and monitoring corals
Solène has begun partitioning Zoe into zones A – F and tagging the coral species on the artificial reef and surrounding areas.
Solène has been bringing other divers into the team to assist with tagging corals, documenting, measuring, and preparing our objectives to enhance coral coverage and biodiversity with innovative and ocean safe methods to support endangered coral reef ecosystems.
Rescuing broken corals, mapping, tagging corals… the coral research is growing and progressing.
Coral Colony Mapping & Measuring
Continuous coral research: We are currently measuring colony area and height of all Agaricia tenuifolia on the artificial coral reef, to compare their growth and mortality between Zoe (electric treatment of 6V) and selected platforms of @coz_coral_reef_restoration (no electrical treatment). This software allows us to set our scale and measure the contour of each colony to calculate its area, a manipulation that we will be repeating for our second measurement period to calculate mortality and growth rate!
We are also mapping all the colonies on Zoe per Zone (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H), substrate (Mesh, Bar, Foot), orientation, and depth to test the influence of these factors on the variables that are growth and mortality. Having a full map of all the colonies on the whole structure will also allow long-term monitoring of all colonies… and we are working toward a VR (3D immersive) coralized Zoe as an #artsci collaboration with @theimclab.
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Zone & Colony Images + Data January 2021
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Learn more about The Zoe Project from conception to installation and everything in between in our image gallery.
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