Early Career Researcher of the Year Award – Science & Engineering (2014 Award Winner)

Dr Elizabeth Madin , Faculty of Science and Engineering

Monitoring coral reef health from space

Coral reefs worldwide are threatened by many impacts. Many are large, remote, and difficult to monitor, limiting our ability to assess reef health. Harvesting predatory fishes has major impacts on other reef species. This project will scale up from what is known about how both fishing and marine reserves indirectly affect herbivore behaviour over small scales by quantifying how these interactions can ultimately shape the larger reef landscape. By integrating remote sensing technology with behavioural theory, I am developing a novel method of using satellite imagery to remotely monitor reef health. This may provide a valuable low-cost, global-scale conservation tool.

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