RESEARCH IN MARINE SCIENCE
Presentation of our work at the Maldives Marine Symposium 2022
(arranged by the MMRI)
What is Coral Spawning?
Enjoy our short documentary ‘New Beginnings’
During the global coral bleaching event of 2016, we started recording detailed observations of the natural reefs and our coral frames.
These monthly diaries document our efforts to mitigate the effects of coral bleaching, and increase biodiversity of marine species.
Read about our pioneering research, studying coral spawning events both on the wild reef and on our propagated coral frames.
We have also transferred coral gametes to our Lab, and successfully settled coral larvae to produce coral polyps (a first in the Maldives).
What are the most commonly observed species of corals in the Maldives?
Which species of corals are recommended for coral propagation and reef regeneration?
How can we differentiate between the different species of corals in the Maldives?
Scleractinian “massive” stony corals are essential to reef ecosystems, but are neglected by global restoration research (fewer than 5% of studies). Propagation tends to focus on a small group of faster-growing coral species for ease of proliferation and rapid results.
A dolphin can be individually identified based on the notches, scars and markings present on their dorsal fin.
We take quality photos of the dolphins we encounter, then crop/optimise the image before analysing with matching software.
We provide stimulating environments to encourage curiosity in our sea turtle patients, to aid with rehabilitation and recovery.
We study turtle behaviours by introducing novel ‘pool toys’ and filming individual interactions over time, for analysis.
Zooplankton feeds the world’s largest animal, the blue whale, as well as Baa Atoll’s world-famous aggregations of manta rays.
Our continuous study collects baseline data on zooplankton communities around Baa atoll, with the hope to expand nationwide.
At our Marine Discovery Centre at Landaa Giraavaru, we have a unique fish and aquaculture science lab.
We study breeding techniques of various marine species, including anemonefish, shrimp, and jellyfish.