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Local Reach. Global Impact.

The Perry Institute for Marine Science conducts research throughout The Bahamas and other parts of the Caribbean in partnership with governments, international NGOs and local organizations. We also conduct a wide range of conservation, education and citizen science programs to help protect our oceans and empower a greater conservation ethic around the world.

Our History

John H. Perry Jr. founded the Perry Institute for Marine Science - one of the oldest leading research organizations in The Bahamas - more than 50 years ago, in 1970.

Since then, we've transformed from a a site-based research facility on Lee Stocking Island to a program-based non-profit that focuses on ocean research, conservation and restoration throughout the Caribbean.


Krista Sherman, PhD

Senior Scientist, Fishery Research and Conservation

Craig Dahlgren, PhD

Executive Director

Lily Haines, MSc

Communications Director & Research Associate

Hayley-Jo Carr, BA

Training Director & Coordinator

Kemit-Amon Lewis, MSc

Development Director

Valeria Pizarro, PhD

Senior Scientist, Coral Reefs

Karlisa Callwood, PhD

Director, Community Conservation Education and Action


Danielle Cartwright

Education Coordinator

Taylor Walters

Coral Technician

Duran Mitchell

Coral Technician

Kandize McPhee

Coral Technician

Christina Darville

Coral Technician

Teni Burrows

Coral Technician

Meghyn Fountain

Research Technician, Coral Reefs

Anwar Godet

Research Technician, Coral Reefs

Maya Gomez, BSc

Research Associate, Coral Reefs

Alex Frans

Coral Restoration Specialist

Will Greene, BSc

Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Specialist

Natalia Hurtado, MSc

Research Associate, PIMS/Cape Eleuthera Institute

Collin Brooks



Michelle Schärer, PhD

Dr. Michelle T. Schärer

Ross Cunning, PhD

Research Biologist, Shedd Aquarium

Olivia Patterson Maura, MA

Deputy Director, Friends of the Environment

Andrew Baker, PhD

Professor, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Judith Lang, PhD

Scientific Coordinator, AGRRA Project

Carly Kenkel, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Jeremy Ward, PhD

Professor, Middlebury College

Angela Rosenberg, MSc

President, ANGARI Foundation


Dr. Craig Dahlgren

Board of Trustees

David Knight

Board of Trustees

Roger McManus

Board of Trustees

John Marr, PhD

Board of Trustees
Our Staff

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Renowned for conducting leading-edge research and ecosystem restoration with the big picture in mind, our robust and holistic approach to marine conservation is regularly featured in local and international news outlets. Follow @perryinstituteformarinescience on Facebook and Instagram to read our latest headlines!

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