Christina Darville is a coral technician at the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) focusing on stopping the spread of the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.
Christina is a former BESS – Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar and an Island School alumni, and her very first internship was with PIMS in Lee Stocking Island, Exuma in 2010. Since then, she has earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science-Biology with minors in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the University of Tampa, followed by a Master of Arts in Biology focusing on Marine Conservation from Miami University.
Christina grew up in a small community on the fringe of a mangrove creek system in Grand Bahama and spent much of her time in nature exploring, fishing, and learning about the ecology of The Bahamas from her father. These experiences formed the foundation of her passion for ocean exploration and conservation, and gave her an appreciation for environmental education during youth.
A PADI Divemaster with 14 years of experience in diving, she has traveled to many islands throughout The Bahamas working on various marine research and outreach projects, such as conducting AGRRA coral and benthic surveys, nassau grouper research, lined seahorse research, seagrass research, and reef restoration. Christina also enjoys assisting the Bahamas Plastic Movement with educational programs that aim to connect Bahamian students to our marine environment and empower them to take actions that lend to protecting the ocean from plastic pollution. She also holds a Class B Captains License and is a fully trained National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS) Cave Diver.
We create and manage coral restoration practices within organizations and businesses throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help organizations and businesses see how coral restoration benefits the educational, recreational, economic and scientific agendas of the entire region.