Coral Reefs 15 October 2020Secret Biodiversity: Uncovering Hidden Species and BehavioursThe second of the new marine science seminar series was held online on Tuesday 13th October. This session looked at ‘Secret Biodiversity: Uncovering Hidden Species and Behaviours’ and featured a fantastic panel of international experts chaired by Dr Dominic Andradi-Brown of WWF.
Coral Reefs 17 September 2020Rats, Seabirds and Reefs: Holistic Approaches to Island RestorationOn Tuesday 15th September, the first of a new series of marine science seminars was held online. The session focused on Rats, Seabirds and Reefs: Holistic Approaches to Island Restoration and featured an international scientific panel chaired by Professor Heather Koldewey.
Sentinel Species Research 14 July 2020Monitoring and identifying shark species in BIOTAnother way to monitor species in the MPA is to use DNA. Genetic analysis can be used to identify the diversity of species in the territory and even explore whether there are distinct populations within species.
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