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At the Perry Institute for Marine Science, we’re at the forefront of addressing critical challenges confronting our ocean. Through our cutting-edge conservation research, we delve into the intricate dynamics of fisheries, coral reefs, mangroves, and coastal habitats, all while spotlighting the profound interconnection between marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of coastal communities.

Research Projects

A Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Caribbean Recreational Fisheries (2022). Environmental Defense Fund, 37 pp.

Antillogorgia elisabethae Management Plan for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (2021). Prepared for the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection (DEPP), Nassau, Bahamas. 77 pp

Contemporary and emerging fisheries in The Bahamas – conservation and management challenges, achievements and future direction (2018). Fisheries Management and Ecology, doi: 10.1111/fme.12299.

Historical processes and contemporary anthropogenic activities influence genetic population dynamics of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) within The Bahamas (2017). Frontiers in Marine Science, doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00393.

Integrating Population Biology into Conservation Management for Endangered Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) (2016). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 554:263-280.

Multi-year tracking of Nassau grouper spawning migrations (2016). Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 8:522–535

Nassau grouper migration patterns during full moon suggest collapsed historic fish spawning aggregation and evidence of an undocumented aggregation (2017). Bulletin of Marine Science, 93:375–389

Nassau Grouper Policy Brief. Nassau, The Bahamas (2018), 7pp.

Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) Conservation Management Plan for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Prepared for the Department of Marine Resources, Nassau, Bahamas (2018).

RAD-seq analysis and in situ monitoring of Nassau grouper reveal fine-scale population structure and origins of aggregating fish (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00157.

Review of the benefits of no-take zones. A report to the Wildlife Conservation Society 104 pp.

Spatial and temporal variability in parrotfish assemblages on Bahamian coral reefs (2020). Diversity 14: 625.

Understanding and managing fish populations: keeping the toolbox fit for purpose (2018). Journal of Fish Biology, doi:10.1111/jfb.13549.

Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata cultured on a low maintenance line nursery design in The Bahamas (2022). PLoS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0267034.

Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 2: 2015-2020

Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card (2016), Volume 1: 2011-2013.

Characterization of a thermally tolerant Orbicella faveolata reef in Abaco, The Bahamas (2020). Coral Reefs, doi: 10.1007/s00338-020-01948-0.

Census of heat tolerance among Florida’s threatened staghorn corals finds resilient individuals throughout existing nursery populations (2021).  Proceedings of the Royal Society B, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.1613. 

New Providence Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Preliminary Assessment. Nassau, Bahamas. Report submitted to the Department of Marine Resources. 9pp

New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card (2014).

Rapid assessment of the occurrence of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) along the southern coast of Grand Bahama, Bahamas (2020).

Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Proceedings of the 65th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (2013).

An assessment of the queen conch resources of the East Grand Bahama National Park (2019). 9pp

Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 2: 2015-2020

Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card, Volume 1: 2011-2013 (2016).

Bahamas protected: Realizing the 2020 goal to effectively manage and expand Bahamian marine protected areas. A report prepared for the Ministry of the Environment for The Bahamas on the ecological gap analysis workshop held in Nassau, New Providence (2016). The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas National Trust, and Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas. 41 pp

Expanding The Bahamas marine protected area network to protect 20% of the marine and coastal environment by 2020: a gap analysis (2017). 66pp.

Marine biophysical monitoring plan for The Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS) (2020). Submitted to the Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, Bahamas.

Monitoring program for The Bahamas National Protected Area System. Methods for assessing the ecological condition of coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves (2014). Report submitted to the BEST Commission under the GEF FSP Pilot 3 Demonstration Project “Tourism and coral reef health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park”. 22 pp.

New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card (2014).

Preliminary assessment of Hurricane Dorian’s impacts on coral reefs of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Report submitted to the Government of The Bahamas. 28pp

Rapid ecological assessment for the expansion of Lucayan National Park (2014). Rapid ecological assessment for the expansion of Lucayan National Park. 34pp.

20 by 20 White paper: Marine protection plan for expanding The Bahamas Marine Protected Areas Network to meet The Bahamas 2020 declaration (2018) 137 pp.

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