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Can You Recognize the Brainiest Caribbean Corals?

Can You Recognize the Brainiest Caribbean Corals? Written by Natalia Hurtado & Casey Harris, Research Scientists (PIMS & CEI) If you’ve ever been diving, snorkeling or spear fishing on a coral reef, you probably noticed corals that look like a human brain. Did you know that there are 4 [...]

By |2020-12-07T20:51:17+00:00December 7th, 2020|, |

How I learned to treat diseased corals with Nova Southeastern University

HOW I LEARNED TO TREAT DISEASED CORALS WITH NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY By Valeria Pizarro "... the disease on the reef was evident; many of the star corals were dead but most of them are diseased with small portions of living tissue. This is bad news for corals, coral reefs, [...]

By |2020-11-20T00:26:38+00:00November 20th, 2020|, , |

Using Tech To Advance Reef Science

USING TECH TO ADVANCE REEF SCIENCE Ocean Expert Exchange with Will Greene In this webinar, PIMS Research Associate Will Green shows us how he uses cutting-edge camera and computer technology to create 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional models of coral reefs. Specifically, Will: Explains how the process works (both [...]

By |2020-11-11T22:11:23+00:00November 11th, 2020|, , |

A Coral Fragment’s Journey – Part II

A Coral Fragment's Journey - Part II Comic Illustrations by Fresh ‘n Salty Let's talk about... coral matchmaking! The nurseries we talked about last week from the Fresh ‘n Salty comic not only help us grow Critically Endangered corals,  they also play an important role in spreading genetic complexity! To [...]

Staff Spotlight: Valeria Pizarro

Dr. Valeria Pizarro Staff Spotlight! "From my first dive, I fell in love with the sea and all the life it holds; but it wasn't until I started studying corals and understanding their simplicity and complexity that I decided I wanted to dedicate my professional life to it. Since [...]

By |2020-10-22T20:45:47+00:00October 22nd, 2020|, , |

Photogrammetry: A New Tool To Practice Coral ID

PHOTOGRAMMETRY: A NEW TOOL TO PRACTICE CORAL ID Photogrammetry extracts 3-dimensional information from multiple photos of the same thing. In a nutshell, it relies on computer vision processes to find overlapping points between photos, and then can re-create the original 3-dimensional orientation of the cameras and the things you photograph. [...]

Highlights from “Hurricane Dorian: Impacts Below the Surface”

"HURRICANE DORIAN: IMPACTS BELOW THE SURFACE" LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION An Overview - Written by Lily Haines “We saw all sorts of things you typically don’t see on reefs… vacuum cleaners, pieces of construction and roofing materials, plumbing materials, laptops and lawnmowers,” said Dr. Krista Sherman, Senior Scientist at [...]

Dive Deeper: Identify and Prevent Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Dive Deeper: Identify and Prevent Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease In 2014, researchers in Florida identified a new coral disease called Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This disease has impacted the entire Florida Reef Tract and has spread to other locations in The Caribbean, including The Bahamas. [...]

By |2020-09-24T17:55:25+00:00September 23rd, 2020|, |

Atlantis Celebrates World Oceans Day with Continued Success at its Coral Nursery

by Hayley-Jo Carr, Training Director & Coordinator at PIMS's Reef Rescue Network The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation’s mission includes helping to save endangered species and coral reefs throughout The Bahamas and they are certainly taking a step in the right direction with the ongoing success of their [...]

Microfragmentation Poised to Revitalize Coral Innovation Hub

by Natalia Hurtado, Research Associate at CEI & PIMS Casey Harris, Research Associate at CEI & PIMS Last November, The Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub welcomed Senior Scientist Dr. David Vaughan (Plant a Million Corals) and Coral Aquaculture Supervisor Dr. Robin Smith (The Nature Conservancy) to Eleuthera to continue its [...]

By |2020-04-09T19:50:23+00:00April 9th, 2020|, |