Author name: Jenny Mallon

A Fulbright year in the Florida Keys

Everyone says it the same thing: The Florida Keys are a special place. But what does that really mean? Weekends in the Florida Keys are spent on the boat, collecting crab traps, floating at the sandbar, bathing in the warm sunshine. During the week life isn’t much different; sunset paddles, coconut shrimp, and happy hour drinks overlooking …

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Akumal’s Coral spawning 2023

Each summer in Akumal, Mexico, with the CORALIUM Laboratory of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Coral Conservation Society, and Secore International we conduct coral spawning dives, collect coral gametes, and produce larvae for research and conservation efforts. Our team of divers and citizen scientists from Akumal Dive Center dive night after night around the last full moon of the …

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Bleached corals on our reef survey dives

Coral bleaching in the Florida Key’s heat wave This week I wrapped up fieldwork with the US Geological Society for our collaborative Protect Our Reefs’ research projects aiming to quantify carbonate accretion and calcification on the Florida Reef Tract. Using the Reef Budget methodology we were measuring benthic cover and fish / invertebrate abundance to calculate carbonate …

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Coral Conservation Society at Reef Futures 2022

Attending Reef Futures 2022 was a unique experience; not only as the first in-person meeting after the pandemic, but also due to one the strongest hurricanes of recent years hitting Florida and causing travel chaos and devastation. The talks and conversations about the coastal protection value of coral reefs, and the impacts of climate change …

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Community engagement in reef restoration

Reef Futures 2018 As a student volunteer at the first Reef Futures conference, in Key Largo 2018, I presented a poster, Community engagement supports the scientific integrity of reef restoration, to showcase our reef restoration work in Akumal and highlight how engagement with the dive community and tourism operators had facilited advances in the methods …

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