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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Event Broadcasts

Cl2018 Edu Youtube Live Interview Mark Vermeij
Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 12:30pm UTC

Coral ecosystems with Dr Mark Vermeij

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.

Cl2018 Edu Youtube Live Ask Me Anything 6 Nov
Tue, 6 Nov 2018, 2:00pm UTC

Coral Q&A sponge special with Jamie and Dr Jasper de Goeij (AM)

Ask Jamie and Jasper about their most thrilling underwater experiences live! The team will be joined by the sponge research group with an underwater demonstration.

Cl2018 Edu Youtube Live Kristen Marhaver
Mon, 29 Oct 2018, 5:00pm UTC

Coral reproduction with Dr Kristen Marhaver

Your chance to ask Dr Kristen Marhaver about her work and life as a marine biologist working to protect and restore coral reefs. You can submit your students’ questions in advance or live.

Cl2018 Edu Youtube Live Dissolving Coral
Fri, 2 Nov 2018, 3:30pm UTC

Coral in a high CO2 world (PM)

This session illustrates how the increase in carbon dioxide in the ocean is lowering pH levels, thus impacting marine life. The first activity Ocean acidification in a cup shows how water becomes more...

Cl2018 Edu Youtube Live Streamlined Sharks
Thu, 8 Nov 2018, 4:30pm UTC

Streamlined sharks (PM)

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



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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