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:

Coral Health: from microbes to branches

by Dr. Anya Brown, visiting researcher from the University of Florida

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

Healthy corals are critical for sustaining reefs. Corals are in a tightly coupled relationship between bacteria (like in your gut!), microscopic algae, and the coral animal itself. This seminar will focus on trade-offs between types of coral growth, a coral disease outbreak, and what clues the microbes on corals tell us about their health.

About the speaker:

Dr. Anya Brown recently received her PhD from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, titled ‘Trait-mediated effects and the extended phenotype: community interactions on coral reefs’ focused on corals, algae and bizarre, stationary, mucus-net producing snails called vermetids. Her interest in marine ecology began early; in college she studied marine biology at Brown University. Her research has taken her to Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia, California and French Polynesia. Following her undergraduate programme she completed a Master of Science at Cal State University, Northridge. She conducted both her master’s and PhD research in Moorea, French Polynesia. Dr. Brown is currently in the Ewel Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Ecology and Environmental Science.

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

Upcoming Grand Cayman Reef Lecture:

TBD

by Dr Amy Apprill, visiting researcher from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

DATE: Tuesday, 21st April 2020

TIME: 5:45pm-7pm

LOCATION: National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Dart Auditorium

 

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

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