Findings & Publications


Coral Papers

  • Houk, P. and R. van Woesik. 2009. Coral assemblages and reef growth in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Western Pacific Ocean). Marine Ecology. 0173-9565: 1-12.

  • Richmond, R.H., Houk, P., Trianni, M., Wolanski, E., Davis, G., Bonito, V., and Paul, VJ. In press. Aspects of biology and ecological functioning of coral reefs in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In: Coral Reefs of the USA, Springer.

  • Goldberg, J., et al., Status of Coral Reef Resources in Micronesia and American Samoa: 2008. Status of the Coral Reefs of the World: 2008. 

  • Starmer, J. (ed.). 2008. CNMI Coral Reefs 2008: Our Reefs, Our Future. Coastal Resources Management Office, Saipan. 12 pp. 

  • Houk, P, S. Bograd and R. Van Woesik. 2007. The Transition Zone Chlorophyll Front can Trigger Acanthaster planci Outbreaks in the Pacific Ocean: Historical Confirmation. Journal of Oceanography 63: 149-154.

  • Houk, P. and R. Van Woesik. 2006. Coral Reef Benthic Video Surveys Facilitate Long-Term Monitoring in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Toward an Optimal Sampling Strategy. Pacific Science 60(2):177-189.

  • Starmer, J. (ed.) 2005. The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. pp. 399-441. In: Waddell, J.E. (ed.), 2005. The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 11. NOAA/NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment’s Biogeography Team. Silver Spring, MD. 522 pp. 

  • Starmer, J., M.S. Trianni and P. Houk. 2002. The Status of Coral Reefs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In Turgeon, D.D. and R.G. Asch, eds. 2002. Health of US Coral Reef Ecosystems: 2002. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Ocean Service/ National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD. 195-204.

  • Houk, P. 2001. State of the reef report for Saipan Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. CNMI Division of Environmental Quality. 59pp. PDF

  • Houk, P. 2000. State of the reef report for five sites on Rota Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. CNMI Division of Environmental Quality. PDF

  • Burr, 1996. Long Term Marine Monitoring Plan for the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands. DEQ, CRM, DFW, NMC. 19 pp. 

Other Research / Key Documents

Enochs IC, Manzello DP, Donham E, Kolodziej G, Okano R, Johnston L, Young C, Iguel J, Edwards C, Fox M,Valentino L, Johnson S, BenaventeD, Clark SJ, Burton T, Eynaud Y, Price N (2015). Shift from coral to macroalgae dominance on a volcanically acidified reef. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2758