Research

Scroll down to learn more about the research programmes at CCMI.

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  • *NEW* WINTER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - THREATENED AND ENDANGERED CORAL SPECIES

    We are currently recruiting interns for an exciting new coral reef ecology and restoration project. Escape the winter and help us to kick start our conservation project, spending two weeks diving alongside CCMI’s scientists researching Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) corals.

    Learn more about our threatened and endangered coral species internship
  • CITIZEN SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EARTHWATCH AND DIVE-ON-THE-EDGE

    You can help our researchers study the coral ecosystems around Little Cayman. Progammes are available for divers and snorkelers. 

    Learn how you can be a part of saving coral reefs for the future.
  • CCMI CONSERVATION PROJECTS: CORAL NURSERY AND LIONFISH CONTROL

    Our flagship conservation projects to protect biodiversity on Little Cayman's coral reefs include the first  coral nursery in the Cayman Islands and our Whole-Island Lionfish Defense (WILD)  programme.

    Learn more about the Little Cayman Coral Nursery and our WILD programme.
  • CORAL REEF EARLY WARNING SYSTEM (CREWS)

    CCMI is proud to be an integral part of the Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON)  which monitors and studies coral reefs. Our Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Bouy monitors environmental conditions within the Bloody Bay Marine Park and provides data to NOAA which alerts coral scientists worldwide when corals are at risk of bleaching.

    Learn more about the ICON, CREWS buoy, and environmental conditions in Little Cayman's MPA.
  • LONG-TERM ASSESSMENT & MONITORING PROGRAMME (LAMP)

    CCMI has been collecting  data on coral cover, fish abundance, and other Little Cayman reef characteristics since 1999. Our Long-term Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP) allows us to understand how coral reefs are changing over time, which is critically important in the face of the mounting threats to our fragile marine environment due to climate variability.

    Learn more about LAMP.