Coral Live 2018 Curacao Reef Hero

AXA Coral Live 2018

29 Oct 2018 - 9 Nov 2018

Covering less than one percent of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to a quarter of marine species and are important nursery habitats to edible fish. It is estimated, one billion people depend on the reefs for food. This vital ecosystem and resource are under serious threat from global warming, coastal development, pollution and over-fishing.

Between 29 October and 09 November, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, educator and expedition leader, and Ellie Mackay, science communicator brought this topic to life to thousands of children around the world.

Working with scientists at the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) research station, Jamie hosted 29 interactive AXA Coral Live education broadcasts for teachers seeking to create real world connections for their students.

Five daily topics were offered: introduction to coral, coral ecosystems, corals and climate change, the deep reef and the coral adaptation. Over 150 teachers animated their lessons with investigations, interviews with experts, and Ask-Me-Anything sessions to over 15,000 students.

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Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop
Director, Encounter Edu
Dr Pim Bongaerts
McCosker Chair, California Academy of Sciences
Iris van Dijk
Msc Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, Wageningen University
Daisy Flores
MSc Tropical Aquatic Ecology, University of Bremen
Dr Jasper de Goeij
Marine Biologist, University of Amsterdam
Cor Hameete
Head education, CARMABI
Dr Kevin Kocot
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama | Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Alabama Museum of Natural History
Kelly Latijnhouwers
MSc. Restoration technician at SECORE International
Eleanor Mackay
Science communicator & field producer
Dr Kristen Marhaver
Marine Biologist, CARMABI
Lucas Tichy
MSc Biology, Radboud University Nijmegen
Dr Mark J.A. Vermeij
Scientific Director, CARMABI
Rene van der Zande
Research Scientist, University of Queensland

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