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. You will learn through this part of this academic portion of the course the theory and practical considerations of monitoring and restoring giant clam populations where necessary. After completing this course, […]

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 […]

Sea Turtle Hatchery & Head-Starting Programs

The plight of the sea turtle is in need of active measures in order to restore local populations and bring many species back from the brink of extinction. Such dire circumstances have forced conservationist to look at ways to intervene in the life cycle and reproduction processes of sea turtles in order to help. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]