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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) and University of Exeter in the UK 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
Coral Live 2017 speakerDr. Samantha de Putron
Marine Biologist and Ecologist, BIOS

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
Science Curriculum Development, BIOS

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 speakerDr. Jamie Stevens
Evolutionary Biologist, University of Exeter

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
Coral Live 2017 speaker
Tim Noyes
Research Specialist, BIOS

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

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