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© Seeking Survivors, 2019

Seeking Survivors is a conservation charity passionate about protecting our environment. We use science and community to conserve species and ecosystems, like coral reefs. We need to act together and we need to act now.

 

Seeking Survivors is a Registered Charity Number 1186376

Tatiana Villalobos running transect. Photo credit: Giles Winstanley

Coral ecology: monitoring reef health

We are monitoring 14 reef sites in and around Sector Marino. Our expedition team regularly visits the sites to measure coral cover, species diversity, coral health, water temperature, pH and salinity. We have tagged 400 coral colonies, spanning the species range, which we follow through time.


We take small samples from each tagged colony for immunological analysis at laboratory in Santa Rosa field Station, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. The goal is to find out how immunity may enable survival of some corals through adverse environmental conditions.

 

We believe it is vital to understand the biology of the corals and the dynamics of the reef system that we are aiming to conserve before we can do so effectively. But it's a race against time.