I have recently returned from a Biosphere Expeditions trip monitoring the state of the coral reefs on the atolls of the Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean. I was in a team of 18 international participants conducting citizen science data as part of Reef Check. To meet these standards, we spent three days doing training dives, lectures and exams, before we started our surveys for the next three days. Comparing the results of these surveys with past years are hugely important as an indicator of how the coral reefs are faring after catastrophic climate change bleaching events over the last 20 years.
Biosphere Expeditions is an award-winning not-for-profit citizen science conservation enterprise that offer 13 annual expeditions, including two scuba-diving ones. This lecture will focus on the Maldives trip, what was involved, and how important this expedition is regarding climate change for the residents of Maldives.
I have worked on An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme for 17 years and a recent member of Alpha Dive club. As an addition, in the lecture room I will have a table with an extensive display of domestic and international molluscs which have been collected over the years for educational science and showcased around schools in Ireland over the years, and will be happy to tell snippets of information about them.