Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > An Analysis of Species Diversity, Correlation and Autocorrelation of Marine Sponges in Mystery Basin, Florida Bay

Most research in and around Mystery Basin, located in Florida Bay, has centered on the ecology including what is present in the environment and their potential roles. Sea sponges are vital to the environment in Florida Bay, but little to no research has centered on their spatial structure. This paper investigates the spatial structure of Mystery Basin including species diversity, correlation between the four most abundant species and the autocorrelation of the four most abundant species. Initial results have indicated that some species have a spatial component to their distribution while other species are more randomly distributed. This highlights the need for further research, particularly for understanding anthropological perturbations to the system