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The Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems (CCRE) program began with a collaborative field project conceived by six National Museum of Natural History scientists during the early 1970s. The scientists interests included a range of disciplines central to reef ecology, including: invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, botany, carbonate geology, and paleobiology. [1] The primary work site is the Carrie Bow Marine Field Station, a research station at Carrie Bow Cay in Belize.

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In February 1972, Carrie Bow Cay, a 1-acre (4,000 m2) island on Belize's barrier reef was chosen as a site for the field laboratory. The site grew quickly and within ten years, 65 scientists and graduate students worked at the station, and more than 100 research papers were published on the fauna, flora, and geology of the reef.[1] To date, there have been over 500 publications based on research done at the station.[2]

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