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 […]

Coral Restoration Basics and 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 […]

Seahorse Ecology and 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 and 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 […]

Sea Turtle 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 […]