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Coral Live 2017 Speakers

For this year’s Coral Live event, top researchers from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ), University of Exeter in the UK and researchers from Monaco have joined forces to show you the wonders of life on the reef and the challenges facing coral health around the world.

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop
Director, Digital Explorer

An experienced educator, Jamie is always searching for new ways for children to learn about their changing world both inside and outside the classroom. This process started with taking young people from East London schools on expedition to Morocco and the Gulf and using new satellite and media communications to share this experience live with thousands of pupils back in the classroom. Leaving teaching to work on these projects full-time, he founded Digital Explorer to continue this work. This has seen him lead numerous education expeditions to Africa, the Middle East and Asia as well as working with science teams in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. Read more
Robbie Smith - Coral Live 2017 speakerDr Robbie Smith
Curator of the Natural History Museum, BAMZ (Bermuda)

Robbie is the Curator of the Natural History Museum at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo. He has spent most of his career studying the ecology of Bermuda’s reefs. Dr Robbie Smith established a lab at BIOS in 1991, where he and his research team worked on coral growth, reef fish communities, the patterns of species diversity around Bermuda’s shallow and deep reefs and in the Florida Keys. Most recently he has studied the impacts of the invasive lionfish on Bermuda’s reef. Dr Smith has also worked on seagrass beds, Bermuda’s mangroves, pollution impacts (including microplastics) and the oceanic floating Sargassum community. He was a Lecturer in Biology at Georgia State University from 2003-2009. Read more
Coral Live 2017 speakerDr Samantha de Putron
Marine Biologist and Ecologist, BIOS (Bermuda)

Sam is a marine biologist and ecologist whose research is at the interface of ecology and physiology and seeks to understand the mechanisms of resilience of coral reefs. Sam received her PhD in 2003 from Swansea University of Wales where she focused on coral reproductive ecology in Bermuda and became faculty at BIOS in 2005. As the Principal Investigator of the Coral Ecophysiology Lab, as well as a co-Principal Investigator of BEACON (the Bermuda Ocean Acidification and Coral Reef Investigation), she has been conducting research at BIOS for over 20 years. Read more
Coral Live 2017 speakerKaitlin Noyes
Director of Ocean Academy, BIOS (Bermuda)

Kaitlin currently directs science curriculum development, programming and workshops for Ocean Academy programs at BIOS. She is currently the Bermuda Regional Coordinator in cooperation with the Marine Advanced Technology and Education Centre. She received her Master’s in Conservation Biology in 2008 from Columbia and holds a B. Sc. (Hons) in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University (’06). She is graduate of the Duke Environmental Leadership Program (’16). Read more
Coral Live 2017 speaker
Tim Noyes
Research Specialist, BIOS (Bermuda)

Tim is a Research Specialist in the Coral Reef Ecology and Optics Laboratory (CREOL) and with the Marine Environmental Program (MEP) at BIOS. He received a BSc degree in Biological Sciences specializing in fisheries from King’s College London in 1998. Tim’s current research interests focus on coral reef fisheries. Currently his project is assessing reef fish populations around the Bermuda platform using Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS). The aim of the project is to provide quantitative data on reef fish populations, distribution and habitat utilization. Read more
Chris Flook - Coral Live 2017 speakerChris Flook
Small Boats & Docks Supervisor, BIOS / Board Member, Bermuda-based Ocean Support Foundation (OSF)

Chris spent 16 years working as the collector of marine specimens for BAMZ, where he explored Bermuda’s waters and travelled to the Bahamas for a Reef Environmental Education Foundation lionfish study. This inspired him to begin the Bermuda Lionfish Project, a grassroots initiative to control the invasive lionfish population. The project is the key focus of the Bermuda-based Ocean Support Foundation (OSF). Chris also led a local effort to raise support for the creation of a “no-take” marine reserve within Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone to protect both the Sargasso Sea and Bermuda’s marine resources. Read more
Dr Alexandra Amat
Oceanographer, BAMZ

Dr Alexandra Amat is an oceanographer who has studied the effects of climate change on coral reefs before settling in Bermuda, first at BIOS and now at the Bermuda Zoological Society since 2010. Her early research led her to understand that coral calcification would be highly impacted by the rising level of atmospheric CO2 when the term ocean acidification did not exist. She soon realized that her calling was to help spread the word about the threats to coral reefs and the oceans today. Educating the next generation of ocean ambassadors is her passion and she spends more time under water than above it.
Choy Aming
Oceanographer, BAMZ

Choy Aming is the Senior Aquarist at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Choy has studied sharks around Bermuda for most of his career and runs a successful shark satellite tagging program. He has tagged over 40 tiger sharks and has produced some of the longest shark tracks ever, covering three years and 30,000 km for some individuals. His main interest was the movement of the sharks around Bermuda but while tracking them, he accidentally discovered a tiger shark migration around the Atlantic. He has been featured on several TV shows including the TV series Ocean Vet and Shark Week. See this video for more.
Winston Godwin
Aquarist, BAMZ

Winston Godwin is a Bermudian Aquarist currently working at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Growing up in Bermuda fostered his interest and passion in marine science. Since the age eight, he’s attended numerous camps at BAMZ and was an intern at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science. He’s also travelled to the North Atlantic Gyre to assist in data collection in regards to micro-plastics in the ocean. Prior to working at BAMZ he was an aquarist at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto where he and a team of aquarist were responsible for 16,000 animals from around the world. One of his primary exhibits were the invasive lionfish which are causing problems in the Caribbean and North to Bermuda. Due to their voracious nature in conjunction with the lack of natural predators, these creatures are having widespread impact on fish populations and in affect, coral reefs. Read more
Coral Live 2017 speakerDr Jamie Stevens
Evolutionary Biologist, University of Exeter (UK)

Jamie is based at the University of Exeter and uses genetic tools to address questions in conservation ecology. His team works on a variety of plants and animals, with a particular interest in the population genetics of fish and marine organisms. The genetic work feeds into understanding how populations of organisms are linked to each other (or separated from each other!) in rivers and seas. This knowledge is essential for conservation and management, especially the designation of Marine Protected Areas. Read more
Dr Alexander Venn
Marine Biologist, Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM)

Dr Alexander Venn is a Marine Biologist based the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM), where he is a Senior Scientist in the Physiology Team. Together with his colleagues at CSM, he investigates the response of marine organisms to climate change, ocean acidification and pollution. Much of this work focuses on reef-building corals and their resilience to changes in their environment. Alexander is a British citizen and carried out a Bachelor of Sciences in Marine Biology at the University of Wales, followed by a Master of Sciences in Applied Marine Science at the University of Plymouth, and a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of York. Before arriving in Monaco in 2008, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), where he carried out a number of studies into water quality and the health of coral reefs surrounding Bermuda. Read more
Dr Steve Simpson
Marine Biologist, University of Exeter (UK)

Steve is an Associate Professor in Marine Biology & Global Change, teaching marine biology to 100s of undergraduates and masters students, as well as leading the SWAG-BaBE (South-West Aquatic Group – Bioacoustics and Behavioural Ecology) research group consisting of ~10 postdoc, PhD and Masters students. Steve’s work focusses on impacts of global change (including warming, ocean acidification fishing and anthropogenic noise) on marine species, populations and ecosystems. He has active projects in the UK, Australia, French Polynesia and Malawi. Steve has also been a major contributor on and off screen in the new Blue Planet II series, and regularly gives public lectures and media interviews on global impacts and, importantly, potential solutions. He remains optimistic that we can work together to preserve the oceans for future generations. Read more

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