Why Monitor Coral Reef Systems

The reason we chose to monitor coral reef systems is that these fragile organisms are among the first to be effected by environmental changes.  By gathering the data and documenting the results, we maintain a database of the conditions on the reefs at specific years and dates.

In this video Dr. John Turner, Jr. explains “Why We Are Here”…

Education Goals

Our Educational Goals:

  • To provide selected references and updates of research in this field at this website and with links to other relevant websites.
  • To provide a coral reef field education/training opportunity for high school and college students, local and otherwise, as field research assistants – the help they provide and the knowledge they gain can be invaluable. Their involvement will contribute to the development of a firm foundation for this cortisol-based stress indicator for fishes and possibly for coral reef well-being in general.
  • To provide student exposure to the complex and beautiful realm of coral reef ecosystems, we can commit future generations to the protection and sustenance of this amazing resource.

Ocean acidification could lead to collapse of coral reefs

 

A crucial component of this project is its video and photographic documentation.  The value of such a record is many-fold – it permits dissemination of the findings well beyond the scientific community, serving as a universal educational tool.  A crucial component of this project is its video and photographic documentation.  The value of such a record is many-fold – it permits dissemination of the findings well beyond the scientific community, serving as a universal educational tool.  A crucial component of this project is its video and photographic documentation.  The value of such a record is many-fold – it permits dissemination of the findings well beyond the scientific community, serving as a universal educational tool.  A crucial component of this project is its video and photographic documentation.  The value of such a record is many-fold – it permits dissemination of the findings well beyond the scientific community, serving as a universal educational tool.  A crucial component of this project is its video and photographic documentation.  The value of such a record is many-fold – it permits dissemination of the findings well beyond the scientific community, serving as a universal educational tool.