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 are every 2-3 months at various locations on island and cover a range of topics.

All Reef Lectures are free and open to the general public; 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:

Coral Reef Resilience & Refugia: Adaptation & Acclimatization in a Changing Environment

by Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, BIOS

DATE: Thursday, 25th April 2019

TIME: 5:45pm-7pm

LOCATION: National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Dart Auditorium

This presentation will focus on current threats to coral reef systems and mechanisms to overcome them through changes to reproductive patterns, epigenetics, dispersal, morphology, and physiology, with specific attention to the potential for mesophotic reefs (deep below SCUBA depth limits) to serve as a refuge for future coral survival. She will present her current work on the deep reefs of Bermuda and attendees will see a part of the ecosystem that is unreachable using recreational diving.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Register today by clicking here.


About the presenter

As an Assistant Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS), Dr. Goodbody-Gringley serves as principal investigator for the Reef Ecology and Evolution Lab. She received her B.Sc. from the Univ. of Georgia, and her PhD from Harvard University in 2009. Her research throughout her career has included studying aggressive behavior of damselfish in Jamaica, temperate subtidal benthic communities in New England, reproductive ecology and phylogeography of a brooding coral compared to a broadcasting coral in the Western Atlantic, and postdoctoral work at Mote Marine Laboratory that focused on reef restoration and coral larval ecology. She held a second postdoctoral position as a EURIAS Fellow at the University of Bologna examining populations of a Mediterranean coral. At the Reef Ecology and Evolution Laboratory at BIOS, Dr Goodbody-Gringley and her team are able to combine large-scale in situ ecological surveys, small-scale laboratory experiments, and molecular ecology to answer questions related to reef health, evolution, resilience, and recovery. This is critically important because more than half of the world’s reefs are degraded and there is still so much unknown about how to better protect what is left.