ISRS Education Committee

Education Committee Report

The Society's new Education Committee is now active and has recently produced a report on its discussions and proposed activities. The report is included in the latest edition of REEF ENCOUNTER, and can be viewed by downloading Reef Encounter from the home page, or by downloading the report only, here:

ISRS Education Committee Report Dec2016.

The members of the Committee are:

CHAIR: Prof. James Crabbe (Universities of Oxford and Bedfordshire (Senior Research Associate, Zoology Department; Supernumerary Fellow, Wolfson College) (email:

Erinn Muller, Mote Marine Laborotory, Florida (ISRS Treasurer) (email:

Christian Wild, Marine Ecology Department, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany (ISRS Council Member) (email:

Anastazia (Ania) Banaszak, Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Puerto Morelos, México (ISRS Council Member) (email:

Judith Mendes, University of West Indies (Lecturer in Coral Reef Ecology) (email:

Tom Sparke , Little Cayman Research Centre, Cayman Islands (Education Program Manager) (email:

Paul Burke, Cayman Prep and High School, Grand Cayman (Marine Science Teacher) (email:

Dan Bayley, University College London (working with the Zoological Society of London and the Natural History Museum) (PhD student) (email:

Sean Russell, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida (Youth Program Director) (email:

Heather Page, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (PhD student) (email:

Archana Anand, University of Hong Kong (PhD student) (email:

Adrienne Correa, Rice University (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program and Martel College Associate) (email:

Prof. Zhihua Zhang, College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (email:

Members interested in joining the committee or participating in its activities are encouraged to email the chair

19th January 2017 (RO)


As part of its role the committee is maintaining a list of coral reef related courses that may be of interest to professional researchers, students or citizen scientists. Please contact the chair or another member of the committee concerning any additional courses that you would like to see advertised here.

In addition, as part of the strengthening the Global Coral reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN),  CORDIO will be putting together an inventory of what courses and capacity building initiatives there are on monitoring of coral reefs, especially those that focus on the GCRMN-family methods for benthos/corals, inverts and fish. Organisers of courses are asked to notify CORDIO by email to


1  Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)

Modern Observational Oceanography / Coral Reef Optics / Coral Reef Ecology

 The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is accepting applications for our 2017 scheduled summer courses and our CABIOS internship. Canadian students and students enrolled in Canadian colleges/universities are eligible to receive support through funding from the Canadian Associates of BIOS (CABIOS). Small scholarships are also available for summer course applicants that do not meet the requirements of a CABIOS scholarship.

1. Modern Observational Oceanography (June 30 - July 18)
Instructors: Prof. Nicholas Bates (BIOS & University of Southampton), Dr. Rod Johnson (BIOS), Dr. Andrew Peters (BIOS) and Ruth Curry (WHOI & BIOS)
2. Coral Reef Optics (July 24 - Aug 11)
Instructors: Dr. Eric J. Hochberg (BIOS) and Dr. Yvonne Sawall (BIOS)
3. Coral Reef Ecology: Reef Response to Environmental Change (August 7-25)
Instructors: Dr. Samantha de Putron (BIOS), Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley (BIOS), and Dr. Hollie Putnam (URI)

For more details see:



2  Sam Ratulangi University (FFMSUNSRAT), Manado, Indonesia

Methods in Tropical Reef Monitoring

Reef Check Italia onlus, the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of the Sam Ratulangi University (FFMSUNSRAT), Manado, Indonesia and Coral Eye organise an international field course on coral reefs monitoring approaches open to both marine biology students and diver volunteers from around the world. The course will be held in Bangka (Indonesia), 28 October – 05 November 2017.

The course will be taught in English and aims to:
• provide the basic knowledge for the identification of hard corals and their diseases
• present an overview on the well-established coral reefs monitoring approaches
• learn and apply different methods underwater, including Reef Check and Coral Watch protocols
• contribute to the monitoring and conservation of the coral reefs at the Bangka outpost

Reef Check Italia onlus offers 3 grants to cover the costs of full board accommodation (9 days/8 night) and dives (€ 800.00) to the most deserving undergraduate students and young (<28 yrs.) graduate biologists on the basis of their CV, including diver qualifications and previous volunteer experiences. Grant applications must be submitted within the 21st of May 2017.

More information and the application form are available at


3  Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida, US

Summer Workshops in Ecological Genomics.

June 4-10: Demographic inference with 2bRAD
June 10-17 Functional genomics ​and gene network analysis with TagSeq

There are two workshops: one about genotyping, and the other about gene expression. The high point of the first course is demographic analysis (historical population sizes and migration rates) using dadi. On the second course the key component is coexpression network analysis and harnessing genetically determined gene expression signatures to analyze adaptation across populations.

The workshops are designed for science professionals ready to apply the acquired knowledge in their ongoing projects: senior graduate students, postdocs, researchers and faculty. Prior molecular biology (DNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis) and bioinformatic (Linux, R) experience will be helpful but is not required.

For more details please see:


4 University of Miami, RSMAS Campus, Miami, Florida, US

Private Island/Key 3 Credit Summer Course -

There is space available in our one-week Tropical Marine Biology class (MBE 614) taking place at the University of Miami’s private island Broad Key research station in the Florida Keys. This is a 3-credit graduate course covering all major habitats of local tropical marine ecosystems and their associated flora and fauna. A small group of students (less than 12 total) will stay with Drs. Dean Grubbs and Evan D’Alessandro on the island for a full week visiting the diverse marine habitats in the area including coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, deep water pelagic, and nearshore hardbottom. We collect organisms for thorough examination and identification, and have a strong focus on ecology and taxonomy.

Cost: 3 UM graduate credits transferrable as graduate credits to a future graduate degree or current undergraduate degree (pending approval from the other institution) plus $150 for food. We are opening these spots to juniors and seniors of other institutions. To register for the course, students will be granted a provisional acceptance to the University of Miami’s graduate program.

If interested or for more information, please send an email to with the subject line MBE 614.

Josh Coco, Ed. D., Associate Director, Master of Professional Science (MPS) Email:; Tel: (305) 421.4304; Fax: (305) 421.4711


5 University of Derby Tropical Marine Biology

Short Course in the Maldives, September 2nd - 13th 2017

This short course aims to introduce tropical marine biology and more specifically coral reef ecology. It is designed to give a blend of lectures and field experience allowing those with little knowledge to get up to speed whilst still providing a novel learning experience for those with background knowledge in this area. During the first four days you will have general coral reef ecology lectures on corals, sponges, effects of climate change on reefs, reef restoration and reef survey methods for example, then in the latter half of the week you will have time to conduct your own research project on our privately owned research islands.
Location: the southern atolls of the Maldives at the Small Island Research Lodge. From here we have the use of two private islands to conduct our field courses and your own individual research project.
The course is credit bearing (Undergraduate or Masters level - 20 points UK system) which is transferable across Universities but please inquire within your own University beforehand to ensure your specific institution facilitates this.
The all-inclusive cost from flying from the UK is £2299 and this covers everything from international and national flights (currently from Birmingham International), transit once in the Maldives (speed boat), accommodation, food and all course based trips once at the research station (inc dolphin watching).

To sign up please contact Dr Michael Sweet at <> or follow the link:



The Education Committee plans to make available an increasingly wide selection of Educational Resources: Public Talks, University Lectures, Leaflets, Booklets, etc. Examples of the sort of material that would be welcome are shown below.

Other members are welcome to make use of these resources but are asked to acknowledge the source of original materials. Members willing to contribute material to the site are asked to email the chair of the committee  (


James Crabbe: How Fragile are Coral Reefs     CRABBE Fragile Coral Reefs Presentation Jan 2017


Rupert Ormond: Coral Reefs Impacts    ORMOND Coral Reef Impacts Lecture Feb 2017

Rupert Ormond: Monitoring Corals & Reef Fish     ORMOND Reef Corals & Fish Monitoring Methods Lecture Feb 2017


GRID Agendal: Story Map - Endangered Reefs, Threatened Peoples