Coral Reefs 24 February 2021Podcast: The Rainforests of the SeaThis episode of Ocean Matters explores the state of reefs in some of the most remote parts of our planet. Join us on this scientific adventure
Improving MPA Management 19 February 2021Expanding Marine Protected Areas Could Make a Huge Difference to the Health of the Oceans“Action is the antidote to despair,” says Prof Callum Roberts. Here, he describes his work with MPAs and how they are a rising force for hope in ocean conservation.
Improving MPA Management 11 February 2021Local Heros and Global Collaboration can Protect Threatened Oceans“It’s time we became more inclusive for the sake of our the oceans,” says marine conservation pioneer, Dr. Asha de Vos. She recently chaired the Ocean Optimism: Solutions for a Threatened Ocean seminar. Here, she describes how her work ties into that topic.
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