A flexible set of activities and lesson plans introducing coral reef science and the methods scientists are currently using to study and conserve coral reefs. Activities employ real world coral reef data sets and publications in an accessible way that enables students to become the observers, researchers, and scientific communicators addressing topics like biodiversity, species interdependence, population interactions, climate and human impacts on the environment.
Roxane Boonstra, Dive and Volunteer Coordinator at Coral Restoration Foundation, explains the plight of the Florida Reef Tract over recent decades and how the world’s largest reef restoration organization uses coral nurseries and coral gardening techniques to bring the reefs back to life.
Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist at Perry Institute for Marine Science, shares her research experiences aimed at helping policymakers understand how to better conserve and manage important fisheries resources in the Bahamas.
Angela Rosenberg, captain of the 65-foot research vessel, R/V ANGARI speaks about her experience coordinating expeditions to many remote locations throughout the Southeastern U.S., Caribbean and Dry Tortugas.
Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, speaks about his research on blacktip shark migrations along the U.S. eastern seaboard, and his experience studying these animals from both the sea and the sky.
National Weather Service Meteorologist, Joe Merchant, talks about his background in meteorology and shares his knowledge of hurricane formation and how to prepare for impending storms.