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
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.