CCMI hosts Reef Lecture with visiting scientist, Dr. John Bruno

April 8, 2022

CCMI is pleased to welcome Dr. John Bruno, marine ecologist and Professor in the Department of Biology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to Little Cayman, where he will present a special Reef Lecture “Is global warming or localized pollution causing worldwide coral decline?”

DATE: Thursday, 14th April 2022

TIME: 6 – 7 pm (Cayman time; UTC -5h)

LOCATION: Little Cayman Beach Resort (Grouper Room); a virtual registration option is available

COST: Free

Register HERE


About the topic:

Scientists agree that the coral populations that build coral reefs are declining worldwide. What’s up for debate is the relative, and potentially synergistic, roles of global climate change (e.g., ocean warming) and local problems like overfishing and pollution. Dr. Bruno will go over some of this conflicting evidence and talk about how we might resolve the debate.

About the speaker:

John Bruno is a marine ecologist and Professor in the Department of Biology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. John grew up on the ocean in south Florida and came to UNC in 2001 after a post doc at Cornell University and a PhD at Brown University where he worked on the ecology of coastal plant communities. His research is focused on marine biodiversity, particularly the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems.

Beyond documenting doom-and-gloom, the Bruno lab works on understanding how human activities alter the structure and functioning of marine food web and what local conservation strategies are effective in mitigating these impacts. John works closely with NGOs and congressional staff on legislative issues related to ocean conservation. He is a dedicated science communicator: John blogs at, writes for major news outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times, is an amateur filmmaker, and he gives public talks about ocean critters and marine conservation.

At UNC John teaches Marine Ecology and Seafood Forensics and co-leads the college’s QEP-CURE Program (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience) that is developing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of innovative and interdisciplinary research courses.

More info: Follow John on twitter: @johnfbruno

This event is free and open to the public. In-person and virtual registrations available. Register HERE.