CCMI hosts an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public. These events engage citizen scientists and watersports industry personnel in the latest research and information to come out of the Little Cayman Research Station. These are great events for anyone who is interested to learn more about CCMI’s current research initiatives as well as other issues impacting the marine environment.

Reef Lectures are held on Little Cayman at the Southern Cross Club weekly at 6pm each Thursday. In Grand Cayman, Reef Lecture events take place 3-4 times a year at various locations on island and cover a range of topics.

All Reef Lectures are free and open to the general public thanks to the support of corporate sponsors; registration is requested due to limited seating at some events. We invite everyone to join us in learning more about our coral reefs and the important work being done to protect and restore them!

Upcoming Grand Cayman Reef Lecture:

Cuba’s Hidden Treasures:

An underwater adventure to Gardens of the Queen coral reefs

Dr. Amy Apprill, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

DATE: Tuesday, 21st April 2020
TIME: 5:45pm-7pm
LOCATION: National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Dart Auditorium

This talk will take you on an underwater adventure to the pristine coral reefs of Gardens of the Queen in southern Cuba. Learn about the unprecedented partnership between U.S. and Cuban scientists that studied these reefs and how we combined resources and training from our respective countries to present a holistic and technologically innovative view into this ‘crown jewel’ reef system of the northern Caribbean.

About the speaker:

Dr. Amy Apprill leads the Microbial Ecology for Ocean Conservation research laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research examines the contribution of microorganisms to the health and ecology of sensitive animals and ecosystems of the ocean. Examples of her research include using drones to examine the upper respiratory microbiome of large whales and founding a U.S.-Cuban collaborative study of microbial biodiversity on pristine Cuban coral reefs. Her lab partners with communication professionals to convey this science to public audiences.  Dr. Apprill received a B.A. from the University of San Diego and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawaii.

In 2019, CCMI was awarded a grant from the US National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Dr. Amy Apprill (WHOI) and Dr. Carrie Manfrino are co-principal investigators on this grant,  which will further explore the importance of the coral microbiome.

It is thought that the bacteria in this slimy mucous layer which coats coral plays a key role in resistance and resilience to corals facing pathogens and warmer ocean conditions. However, there are no quantitative methods available to track specific microbial lineages within coral microbiomes, thus limiting the ability to examine these concepts. This research project will improve capabilities to quantitatively measure and track just that, and this project will also create a network to share this information.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Many thanks to our Healthy Reefs sponsors for supporting this event: