Jeremy Kerr

2010 Research Fellow, Benthic Habitat Mapping


Since childhood, Jeremy has wanted to be a scientist. Marine life has always intrigued him and trips to places such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and California’s beaches inspired him to pursue marine science. By the time he finished high school, he knew that his future career would revolve around studying the oceans. To meet this goal, he enrolled at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to obtain a Bachelor’s in Science (B.S.), and eventually finished with a double major in Mathematics and Earth Systems Science and Policy. One of the most important experiences for him during that period was studying and working in the Commonwealth of Dominica at the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology. It was there that he was first exposed to coral reefs and their ecology, and he was hooked. After completing his Bachelor of Science, he began an internship at NASA’s Ames Research Center helping on a project to remotely-sense coral reef communities, and enrolled in the Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy program at CSUMB to obtain a Master’s in Science (M.S.). Currently, he works in Dr. Sam Purkis’ Remote Sensing Lab at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center in Florida while he pursues a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Oceanography/Marine Biology. His work for the expedition will form part of his PhD research, which focuses on the observation of reefal landscapes from satellites and the landscapes’ evolution under various environmental conditions over timescales of decades to millennia.