Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Picture of a Surgeon Fish taken in Thailand 2007
June-Aug 2016

Marine research in Dominica

During the summer of 2016 I worked in Dominica (Caribbean) as the site manager and coral reef ecology lecturer for Operation Wallacea's marine site. The marine science course was a week long and included lectures and practical surveying techniques for snorkelling and diving research. We were lucky enough to have some fantastic students from schools all over the world visit us, who helped develop our research program.

We surveyed the Cabrits Marine Park looking at substrate, urchin abundance (as an indicator for reef health), barrel sponge age, opistobranch (sea slug) diversity and water chemistry. Our initial results show that the reefs are mainly rocky with hard coral and in relatively good condition (urchin abundance of 1.16-1.34m2, with an abundance of over 1m2 considered good). The average age of barrel sponges in the area was 12.2 years (SD 8.6), with the oldest estimated to be 150-250 years old. 16 species of opistobranch were observed.

Find out more about the research in the summary marine report 2016.

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