Masters Student / Fish Surveyor
Katie is a second-year Masters student from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She hails from Southern California, where she began SCUBA diving at a young age. She earned a B.S. in Marine Biology from UCLA, where she had the opportunity to study herbivore-algal dynamics on the reefs of St. John, USVI and Moorea, French Polynesia. After graduating, she traveled to coastal Ecuador to study river water quality and rural sustainability, followed by a year in the Dominican Republic to work on coral restoration and community-based conservation initiatives with the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation. She is currently studying the role of ground water-derived nutrients on the calcification-bioerosion balance on nearshore reefs.
Katie's goal as a scientist is to understand the ecological and physiological processes affecting coral reef organisms in order to develop and advocate appropriate management and conservation solutions. She has particular interest in how humans affect coral reefs, both negatively and positively, at both the land-sea interface and on offshore reefs. By participating in the Living Oceans Foundation's Global Reef Expedition, Katie hopes to collect data that will shed insight on the current state of reefs in the Coral Sea, and the effect of management currently implemented in the area. It is her hope that the data collected during this mission will serve to document the attributes of reefs in various stages of health, and that this information can be used to understand how to further protect reefs in this area.
During the expedition, Katie will be performing fish surveys. She will record the species and abundance of reef fish in areas with varying levels of management and protection to help determine the consequences of these activities on fish populations.
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Global Reef Expedition Final Report
The Global Reef Expedition Final Report summarizes the findings from our 10-year research mission to survey and map coral reefs across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans as well as the Red Sea. The Expedition involved hundreds of research scientists …
Global Reef Expedition: Chagos Archipelago Final Report
The Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation embarked on the Global Reef Expedition to assess the state of coral reefs around the world. This ambitious five-year scientific mission was designed to evaluate the status of the benthic and reef fish …
Global Reef Expedition: The Republic of Palau Final Report
The Global Reef Expedition: The Republic of Palau Final Report provides a comprehensive summary of our findings from the Global Reef Expedition mission to assess the status of coral reefs and reef fish in Palau. It also includes recommendations that can help Palau continue …
Global Reef Expedition: Solomon Islands Final Report
The Global Reef Expedition: Solomon Islands Final Report provides a comprehensive summary of our findings from our research mission to assess the health and resiliency of coral reefs in the Solomon Islands along with recommendations for preserving these reefs into the future. …
Global Reef Expedition: New Caledonia Final Report
The Global Reef Expedition: New Caledonia Final Report provides a comprehensive summary of our findings from our research mission to assess the health and resiliency of coral reefs in New Caledonia along with recommendations for preserving these reefs into the …
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