August 19, 2022

Cayman: CCMI’s Reef Lecture Series continues in 2022!

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Join us for CCMI’s next Reef Lecture Thursday, 24th February 2022 at 5:45pm (advance registration required)

About the topic:
This year marks a decade of restoration research at CCMI, and during this time, the organisation made significant strides toward improving methods for rearing corals in the nursery as well as improving survival after planting corals back onto the reef. With recent success from our coral-dome project showing significant increase in long-term survival of out planted corals (from 8% to 70%), the work has given important insights to site selection and out-planting strategies.  

Recently, we investigated how our out-planted coral-domes affected the resident fish populations. Nearly two years after creating a series of coral-dome sites, we found an increase in fish density and diversity over time at reefs where corals were planted, suggesting that not only does restoration impact corals, but potentially the entire ecosystem. These findings provide support for our continued efforts to restore populations of these threatened coral species, as it will have far reaching impacts towards improving reef health.

This is a FREE event, but as seating is limited, advance registration is required. Attendees will be required to wear masks while in the auditorium.

About the speaker:Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley is CCMI’s Director of Research & Education and has been with CCMI since January 2020. Prior to that, Dr. Goodbody-Gringley was an Assistant Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) where she led the Reef Ecology and Evolution Laboratory.

She completed her BSc at the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She then held postdoctoral positions at Mote Marine Laboratory and University of Bologna, Italy.

Her research focuses on population structure, reproductive ecology, and genetic connectivity of a variety of organisms that inhabit tropical coral reef ecosystems ranging from inshore shallow reefs down to the mesophotic zone, with the goal of understanding how ecosystems function in order to maintain biodiversity.

The Reef Lecture Series is made possible by our 2021 Healthy Reefs Sponsors

CCMI’s coral restoration programme is sponsored by

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