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My research interests focus on dynamics of coral reef ecosystems: Processes and time-scales involved in coral reef recovery following a major disturbance event.

The severe coral bleaching and subsequent coral mortality that occurred world-wide following the 1997-98 El Nino related ocean warming event led me to investigate reef recovery at Alphonse Atoll, southern Seychelles 1998-2007.

Following the devastating Boxing Day 2004 tsunami I was involved in surveys to quantify reef damage in the Seychelles (January 2005) and Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia (October 2005) (papers can be downloaded at Biography and Publications).

Whilst working for 2 years (2006-2008) as the Chief Project Scientist for the Living Oceans Foundation, I was involved in projects to the Seychelles (2007), Saudi Arabian Red Sea (2006, 2007, 2008), Bahamas (2007) and Florida (2007). Undoubtably, the most exciting challenge was 4 days of saturation diving, living in the world's only underwater habitat and laboratory 'Aquarius'. Living at 15m depth nine miles off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, USA, our mission was to teach 6 live underwater classrooms to graduate students via the internet. Broadcasts from this incredible adventure are archived at the Project SeaCAMEL (Classroom Aquarius Marine Education Live) website.

In addition to my overseas work, since 2006 I have been teaching University of Cambridge undergraduates in the Department of Geography. 2nd year teaching on the “Environmental Hazards” course: Future Global Environmental Change as a Hazard to Coral Reefs (2006 and 2008), 3rd year teaching on the “Morphodynamics of large-scale coastal Systems” course: What physical and biological processes influence reef development and biodiversity at different geographical locations? (2007).

 

My research experience is listed below:

2008

Chief underwater photographer and benthic habitat mapping team member, onboard M.Y. Golden Shadow: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation habitat mapping expedition, Red Sea (Saudi Arabia) (3.5 weeks)

2007
Project SeaCAMEL at Aquarius Habitat, Key Largo, FL, USA. Live underwater classroom (6 x 1 hour) taught at graduate level. Joint project between Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (4 days of saturation diving – living in habitat at 15 m depth)
2007

Habitat mapping workshop, Mahé, Seychelles and habitat map validation and reef regeneration surveys at Alphonse Atoll, southern Seychelles (10 days)

2007
Lead scientist and co-Principal Investigator onboard M.Y. Golden Shadow: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation expedition, Northern Red Sea (Saudi Arabia) (10 days)
2007

“Patterns of Biodiversity and Climate Change Impacts in the Bahamas: Decision Support for the Planning of Marine Reserves”. Expedition in collaboration with Government of The Bahamas and Bahamas National Trust. Benthic surveys and underwater photography (2 weeks)

2006
Lead scientist and co-Principal Investigator onboard M.Y. Golden Shadow: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation CASI mapping expedition, Farasan Islands, Saudi Arabia, Red Sea (3 weeks)
2006

Participation in East African Coral Disease Workshop, Zanzibar (1 week)

2005
Co-Principal Investigator onboard M.V. Mermaid of the Equator: Expedition to survey tsunami impacts on the coral reefs of west coast of Sumatra (2 weeks)
2005
Principal Investigator onboard M.Y. Golden Shadow: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation CASI mapping expedition, Southern Seychelles (3 weeks)
2001-2003

Ph.D. Fieldwork at Alphonse Atoll, Southern Seychelles (3 x 2 months)