Improving MPA ManagementSentinel Species Research 2 August 2021Drifting Fishing Gear Poses Significant Risks to Marine Protected AreasA team of scientists has shown the potential harm that dFADs could cause to MPAs. Their study found more than a third of dFADs posed a risk to biodiversity in the Chagos Archipelago MPA.
Coral Reefs 21 July 2021Podcast: Sharks – Masters of the OceanIn this episode of Ocean Matters, Helen Czerski explores how these masters of the ocean sense their world, why they’re not the “lone hunters” depicted by Hollywood, and why we need to protect them.
Improving MPA Management 2 July 2021Seminar: Imaging in Marine ScienceAdvances in technology have allowed scientists to capture the underwater world in new and innovative ways, revealing insights in to life in the big blue and providing data to help us better protect the ocean and the life within. This seminar will explore how different imaging techniques are applied to study the ocean and help provide a picture of what the underwater world is hiding.
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