Staghorn coral in the waters around Curacao

AXA XL Coral Live 2019

11 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019

AXAXL CL2019 Patch

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 11 and 15 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 25 interactive AXA XL 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.

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Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop
Director, Encounter Edu
Dr Pim Bongaerts
McCosker Chair, California Academy of Sciences
Sara Campana
PhD Student, University of Amsterdam
Dr Valerie Chamberland
Coral Reef Ecologist, Research Scientist at SECORE International
Dr Jasper de Goeij
Marine Biologist, University of Amsterdam
Meggie Hudspith
PhD Student, University of Amsterdam
Niklas A. Kornder
PhD Student, University of Amsterdam
Ellie Mackay
Science communicator & Field Producer
Dr Kristen Marhaver
Marine Biologist, CARMABI
Dr Benjamin Mueller
Marine Biologist, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Lucas Tichy
MSc, Radboud University Nijmegen
Dr Mark J.A. Vermeij
Scientific Director, CARMABI
Dr Rene van der Zande
Research Scientist, University of Queensland

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