Sentinel Species Research 25 November 2019Use of Environmental DNA to Investigate BiodiversityEnvironmental DNA, or eDNA, is genetic material that is left behind in the environment as organisms pass through it. The material can originate from skin cells, scales, mucus, faeces or wounds, and because organisms have unique genetic sequences, it can be used to provide us with information on the presence of target species.
Coral Reefs 11 July 2019The Heat is on for the Survival of BIOT’s Coral ReefsZSL scientists have shown the devastating effects of back-to-back heatwaves in BIOT. Coral cover was reduced by 60% in 2016 and by a further 30% in 2017. Nonetheless, this also indicates that some coral species have a higher resilience to rising temperatures thus offering some hope for the future.
Sentinel Species Research 14 February 2020Remarkable increase in turtle numbers on uninhabited islandsDr Nicole Esteban and Dr Jeanne A. Mortimer authored a new study that reveals a massive increase in the number of turtles nesting on the Chagos Archipelago in the British Indian Ocean Territory, one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
What we do
Our research programme is advancing our understanding of Marine Protected Areas - so they can be better managed to provide the maximum amount of protection. Our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are led by some of the world's leading marine scientists who are pushing the boundaries of their fields.
The British Indian Ocean Territory is a unique place to undertake scientific research. This large Marine Protected Area is located in the middle of one of the Earth's most exploited oceans. It is an incredible opportunity to create an ocean observatory - a place where scientists can investigate complex marine ecosystems.
Coral Reef Resilience
Despite containing some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, the impact of climate change has still been acutely felt in BIOT.
Sentinel Species Research
Our work is building a detailed picture of how important and mobile species such as turtles, seabirds, sharks and rays use the Marine Protected Area
Coral Reef ResilienceCoral Reef Fish in the British Indian Ocean Territory
Improving MPA ManagementSocial Drivers for Shark Fishing Amongst Sri Lankan and Indian Fishers
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Ecology of Sea Turtles in the British Indian Ocean Territory
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Ecology and Ecosystem Roles of Reef Sharks in the BIOT MPA