Marine Ecology & Monitoring

The Marine Ecology & Monitoring course is a partial fulfilment of the full Ecological Monitoring Program (EMP), for those students with either time constraints, those who want to test first whether they have the diving skills required in order to partake in underwater monitoring water or simply those wishing to get a taste of scientific […]

Coral Predators Monitoring & Management

This course is designed to give experienced divers a deeper understanding of coral reefs, and the potential impacts they face from the many coral predators which live amongst them. The follows lessons will introduce you the theory and practical considerations of monitoring and managing coral predators, while providing divers with the techniques needed to track […]

Giant Clams Population Monitoring and Management

This course is designed to give experienced divers a deeper understanding of coral reefs, and the important roles which giant clams play within them.   Through this part of this academic portion of the course, you will learn the theory and practical considerations of monitoring and restoring giant clam populations where necessary. After completing this […]

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 […]

Coral Restoration Basics & Theory

Recent studies have found that about 50% of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost, and the other 50% are highly threatened. The long-running philosophy of “protection is always preferred over restoration” is a luxury that no longer applies to most regions. More and more, restoration is necessary to preserve the biodiversity and functionality […]

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 […]

Seahorse Ecology & Monitoring

Seahorses are one of the most charismatic and easily recognizable fish in the sea. Today there are 46 living species of seahorses that reside in most of the planet’s tropical and temperate waters. While they may not be a keystone species in the same way that corals or sharks are, they are still ecologically important. […]

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 […]

Whale Research Assistant

This course is designed to give both whale enthusiasts and conservationists the platform to learn about whale ecology, execute photo-ID research, collate and manage data, understand other research methods and develop the skills to work in a busy whale watching and research station. By increasing awareness and involvement, we can decrease our impact on the […]

Sea Turtle Ecology & Monitoring

In an era where all seven species of sea turtles are tragically on the endangered species list – some with populations diminished by an alarming 98% – the call to arms for divers to protect these ocean ambassadors has never been more critical. Divers form a vital global network in preserving these remarkable species, participating […]

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 […]