Final Reports from the Global Reef Expedition

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For the past eight years, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation conducted a large-scale scientific research mission called the Global Reef Expedition (GRE). The primary goals of the GRE were to map and characterize coral reef ecosystems, identify their current status and major threats, and examine factors that enhance their ability to survive—and recover from—major disturbance events. Now, scientists at the Living Oceans Foundation are focused on analyzing data collected on the Global Reef Expedition and publishing reports that can be used to guide coral reef management.

Thank You for Having Us, St. Kitts and Nevis!

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Today, most of the research scientists disembarked the M/Y Golden Shadow at the conclusion of a very successful research project in St. Kitts and Nevis.  As they walked down the pier, we welcomed 23 students and 4 chaperones from St. …

Best Wishes for Reef Fishes

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Over the last ten days we were fortunate to have excellent weather and a hard working research team.  We completed surveys of representative reefs around both islands, hitting nearly every location we had planned.  Throughout this series of blogs, I …

Our First Find of Staghorn Coral!

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Our research team headed south for today’s dives, surveying two reefs off the southwestern end of Nevis and one off the northwestern end.  The first site, Caverns, was a raised terrace with large volcanic boulders at its margin and a …

Exploring Coral Reefs of Monkey Shoals

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Our morning dives were located at Monkey Shoals, a submerged bank that lies about 3 miles offshore between St. Kitts and Nevis and west of the Narrows.  The reef structure is reminiscent of a Pacific atoll, without the typical emergent …