Experience what it’s like to be a marine biologist on this first-of-its kind citizen science coral research expedition in the Bahamas aboard Shedd Aquarium’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. Participants will do hands-on fieldwork alongside Shedd research biologist Ross Cunning, Ph.D. You’ll contribute to Cunning’s cutting-edge work on understanding how to sustain coral reef ecosystems in the face of a changing climate. The data you collect will be used to help identify genetic and ecological factors that promote tolerance to increasing temperatures in corals and their symbiotic algae.
Cunning’s findings will help reveal how some corals may be able to resist or adapt to climate change and will be applied to improving coral reef restoration techniques. No formal research experience is necessary, but scuba diving certification and experience are required. Be prepared to spend a lot of your day underwater as you live life in the field aboard Shedd’s “floating laboratory,” the R/V Coral Reef II!
Registration –Waitlist only!
For more information or to apply for this expedition, please send your contact information, along with a summary of related experience/skills to Shannon Fuller at [email protected].
August 5 – 13, 2020
$3,900 (including participation, accommodations, dive tanks and meals aboard the R/V Coral Reef II)
More information coming soon!