AXA XL Coral Live 2019

11 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019

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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Event Broadcasts

CL2019 EDU Incredible edible polyps
Mon, 11 Nov 2019, 5:00pm UTC

Incredible edible polyp (PM)

This activity is a fun way of learning about the basic anatomy of the coral polyp, the tiny animal that creates the reef. Join Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, as he hosts this interactive live session which yo...

CL2019 EDU Dr Mark Vermeij
Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 6:30pm UTC

Coral ecosystems with Dr Mark Vermeij (PM)

Your chance to ask Dr Mark Vermeij about his research into the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of marine organisms. You can submit you students’ questions in advance or live.

Niklas A Kornder
Wed, 13 Nov 2019, 12:30pm UTC

Corals and sponges with Niklas A. Kornder (AM)

Your chance to ask Niklas A. Kornder, PhD Candidate at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) about his work which focuses on how coral and sponges work together, alongside a peak at cutting edge coral ree...

CL2019 EDU streamlined sharks
Fri, 15 Nov 2019, 5:00pm UTC

Streamlined sharks (PM)

This exciting activity asks students to investigate the relationship between shape and water resistance.

CL2019 EDU Dr kristen marhaver
Fri, 15 Nov 2019, 6:30pm UTC

Adaptation on the reef with Dr Kristen Marhaver (PM)

Your chance to ask Dr Kristen Marhaver about her work increasing coral reproduction on the reef. You can submit your students’ questions in advance or live.



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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