Andrew Blair (Fruitport, Michigan, USA) and Deborah Cronin (Pinjara, Australia) head to Jamaica to help British biochemist Dr. James Crabbe (University of Reading) and his colleagues estimate the impact of multiple environmental factors on and the future prospects of Caribbean reefs. By carefully measuring a diversity of corals and their growth in Jamaica's ideal coral reef habitat, the scientists will be able to simulate normal growth and predict scenarios for how the reefs will weather the future storms of environmental upheaval. August 4-13

Andrew Blair's Diary
Deborah Cronin's Diary

Related Sites

The Coral Reefs of Discovery Bay
This interactive site lets you explore the different zones of the reef system.

Discovery Bay
This paper on the bay provides in-depth information about the geology, climate, and environmental impacts.

Photos of Coral Reef Environments
Forty full-color photos of coral reef environments and explanations of reef ecology.

Coral Reef Action Plan
This 12-page action plan by a stakeholders group workshop at Jamaica's Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory addresses pollution control, coastal zone management, monitoring, education, and financial considerations.

Earthwatch Institute

Learn more about this international nonprofit, which supports scientific field research worldwide.

Jamaica's Coral Reef

Learn more about the expedition and its scientists.