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.
A study from scientists at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami offers a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. Using this new method, the scientists mapped over 65,000 km2 of coral reefs and surrounding habitats–by far the largest collection of high-resolution coral reef maps ever made.
Coral reef recovery in the Galapagos Islands: the northernmost islands (Darwin and Wenman) Coral Reefs June 2015, Volume 34 March 5, 2015 By Peter W. Glynn, Bernhard Riegl, Samuel Purkis, Jeremy M. Kerr. Tyler B. Smith Abstract The remote northernmost Galápagos Islands, Darwin and Wenman, exhibited well-developed coral communities in 1975, which were severely …
This article, published by two Living Oceans Foundation Research Fellows, Gwilym Rowlands and Jeremy Kerr, and long-time Science Team member, Sam Purkis, seeks to unravel the influence of water depth and wave energy on the facies diversity of shelf carbonates. …
This paper stems from our field research in the Bahamas conducted at the start of the Global Reef expedition. It discusses how Cay Sal Bank was formed how and why it differs from the rest of the Bahamas. The Bahama …
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