Common Sea Fans (<em>Gorgonia ventilina</em>) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia ventilina) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Photo: Chantal Collier

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Southeast Florida Reef News

DEP's Coral Reef Conservation Program Welcomes New Field and Administrative Assistant

Kristina Trotta

Kristina Trotta joined the Coral Reef Conservation Program in 2013 as the Field and Administrative Assistant.  In this role, she works with the Awareness and Appreciation, Land-Based Sources of Pollution, and Reef Injury Prevention and Restoration programs on a wide variety of projects.  She also coordinates the internship program and conducts field work.  In addition, Kristina is a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University where she is studying the socioeconomics of the lionfish derby fishery as well as examining the recreational billfish fishery in Colombia.  She received her BS in conservation biology and management from the University of Miami. Prior to coming to the Coral Reef Conservation Program, she worked as an advocate for the Everglades with the National Parks Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, and the Everglades Coalition, and as a researcher for The Billfish Foundation. She has also been a middle grades science teacher, an environmental educator,  and a dive instructor in the British Virgin Islands, Honduras, Thailand, Malaysia, and Florida. 



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