The Case for Artificial Reefs

October 30, 2012
As her senior capstone project, environmental studies major Caroline Stanley ’12 researched the efficacy of artificial reefs.

Coral reefs are valued for economic and ecologic reasons. However, they are being degraded at alarming rates primarily by anthropogenic causes. A solution for environmental remediation can be found in designed artificial reefs if proper guidelines and considerations are met.

I looked at the four stages of artificial reef project development; pre-implementation, application, management and design, in order to assess each step’s importance. I focused my research on artificial reef design details in relation to reef ecology and then assessed the effectiveness of two prefabricated reef modules both in design and in case studies.


Last modified on Oct. 30th, 2012 at 1:57pm by Marcia Landskroener.