Shark Ecology & Population Studies

For millions of years, sharks have reigned supreme as apex predators in our oceans, profoundly influencing the marine ecosystem’s evolutionary trajectory. Their unique adaptations and predatory strategies have solidified their place atop the marine food chain, driving the evolution of countless marine species. However, these majestic creatures now face dire threats, with many species on […]

Seagrass Ecology & Monitoring

Seagrass meadows are vital coastal ecosystems. They act as erosion control, help to regulate the flow of nutrients and sedimentation onto coral reefs and provide habitats and nurseries for many marine organisms. They also form some of the world’s most important carbon sinks. These meadows are declining at an alarming rate, with global estimates observing […]

Hard Coral Taxonomy & Identification

Identifying corals according to taxonomic descriptions (family, genus, and species) is an important part of any advanced coral reef monitoring program, and is also a requirement for most biological or peer-reviewed research studies. Identifying corals to their taxonomic levels can provide important information such as: Not only is identifying corals important, many students also find […]

The Ecological Monitoring Program

The Ecological Monitoring program is designed to give you an introduction to coral reef ecology and how to view the reef scientifically by assessing key biotic and abiotic reef components. The course teaches you how to use real world scientific sampling and reef survey techniques and certifies you to conduct your own surveys and report […]