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About Alannah Vellacott

Alannah Vellacott is a Bahamian marine ecologist and has recently received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology at South Dakota State University. Alannah was a former Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar (BES Scholar) through Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF). This awarded her a full scholarship to attend the Island School in Eleuthera and participate in a paid 6month internship at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. Since that amazing experience, Alannah has made the rounds working and volunteering for non-profit environmental conservation organizations including the Cape Eleuthera Institute, BREEF, the Bahamas National Trust, Community Conch and The Nature Conservancy. A scuba diver with 14 years of experience, Alannah has participated in shark and reef health research and has also been a part of coral and conch research here in The Bahamas. In the summer of 2017 Alannah was the Summer Intern for the Perry Institute. Alannah is currently the Research Assistant for Perry Institute under the Reef Rescue Network. She will travel throughout the Bahamas conducting AGRRA coral reef surveys as well as establishing coral nurseries and outplanting corals grown in already established nurseries back onto the reef for the Reverse The Decline Project.

F-S-What?: Fish Spawning Aggregations & How Do We Study Them?

Written by Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist, Perry Institute of Marine Science Birds do it, bees do it, and fish do it too! Sex. Breeding. Reproduction. Fish spawning aggregations (FSAs) are a type of reproductive strategy used by various fish species to breed or produce offspring.  Fish that undertake long [...]

By |2020-06-29T17:07:53+00:00March 6th, 2019|, |

Trading Snow for Scuba

How a passion for the ocean from a young age led Will Greene to join the Middlebury College Advanced Field Biology course with the Perry Institute for Marine Science Written by Will Greene Growing up on an island on the coast of Maine, the ocean has always been a part of my [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:29:56+00:00February 25th, 2019|, |

AGRRA With ANGARI – South Abaco & East Grand Bahama

Written by: Alannah Vellacott, PIMS Research Assistant Last winter, The Perry Institute for Marine Science teamed up with Bahamas National Trust, San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation and the ANGARI Foundation to conduct Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Surveys for South Abaco and East Grand Bahama. Surveys were conducted [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:31:05+00:00February 20th, 2019|, , |

Partner Spotlight – Tarran Simms

Written by: Reef Rescue Network Coordinator: Hayley-Jo Carr With an array of incredible partners within our new Perry Institute for Marine Science Reef Rescue Network we want to shine a spotlight on some of our partners so you can learn more about the amazing people we are working with and [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:32:15+00:00February 8th, 2019||

Growing Hope – Perry Institute for Marine Science & Bahamas National Trust Install 2 Coral Nurseries in Grand Bahama

Written by: Alannah Vellacott “By growing these corals in nurseries and restoring them to reefs we are giving these corals a chance to re-establish themselves and continue to provide valuable ecosystem services." - Craig Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Perry Institute for Marine Science On November 18th2018,  Perry Institute for [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:34:17+00:00February 6th, 2019|, |

The Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub

by Lily Haines Last fall marked the beginning of the Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub! Based out of Cape Eleuthera, the hub aims to upscale coral reef restoration in The Bahamas, develop new technologies, as well as educate, train and engage local Bahamians on the importance of coral conservation. Key hub [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:39:06+00:00January 24th, 2019|, , |

Dive Exuma Joins the Reef Rescue Network

by Hayley-Jo Carr Located on the Government Dock in the heart of Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas, Dive Exuma are a PADI resort offering daily dives, PADI Courses, Snorkel Tours & Private Charters. Great Exuma is the largest island in the chain of 360 islands, or cays, known as ‘The Exumas’ and [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:41:27+00:00December 31st, 2018|, |

Introducing Dr. Krista Sherman

PIMS New Senior Scientist The Perry Institute for Marine Science is pleased to welcome Dr. Krista Sherman as the newest member of its scientific team! Dr. Sherman is marine scientist with more than a decade of research and conservation experience and is also the first Bahamian female with a PhD [...]

PIMS Joins The Bahamas Marine Mammal Stranding Network 

by Dr. Krista Sherman On November 30th, 2018 The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) hosted its fourth training workshop on marine mammal stranding event in partnership with the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and Dolphin Cay, Atlantis. Participants included Fisheries Officers (DMR), marine mammal specialists (Dolphin Cay, Altantis), veterinarians, scientists [...]

By |2020-06-29T16:45:45+00:00December 7th, 2018|, |

Rehabilitating Long-spined Sea Urchins

We're Only Just Grazing the Surface The Long-spined urchin, Diadema antillarum, was once the most effective and important grazer on reefs throughout the Caribbean. These urchins are capable of clearing large areas of macroalgae and keeping it clear for coral larvae to settle and grow. However, in 1983, an unknown [...]