Palau – 2017

Expedition Details

EXPEDITION TEAM

Dr. Stuart Sandin, Associate Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dr. Brian Zgliczynski, Postdoctoral Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Lindsay Bonito, Staff Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Samantha Clements, Staff Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Mike Fox, Graduate Student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Beverly French, Graduate Student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Zach Caldwell, Diving Safety Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Scott Hamilton, Associate Professor, Moss Landing Marine Lab

Dr. Mark Vermeij, Director, CARMABI

June, Research Assistant, Coral Reef Research Foundation
Dr. Steve Lindfield, Researcher, Coral Reef Research Foundation

EXPEDITION SUMMARY

The 100 Island Challenge team based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography chartered the M/V Siren, a liveaboard dive vessel that exclusively conducts dive charters throughout the Palau region to survey coral reef habitat around the Republic of Palau. The goal of this research expedition was to conduct high-resolution ecological surveys of the nearshore coral reef habitats of the southern islands of Palau (Sonsorol, Fanna, Pulo Anna, Tobi, Helen Reef, and Merir), in addition to the main islands of Palau (Babeldoab, Angaur, and Kyangel).