Marine Research


In order to be able to conserve we need to research and understand. This takes time and study. Whilst we conduct our own marine research projects, we are always happy to collaborate with any additional studies. We have a number of possible projects available that we would be happy to work with students on. This can be done as part of a university program or independently if you have the understanding and knowledge to do so. Basic costs including tank rental would need to be covered if participating in a project that entails scuba diving and students would need their own base scuba gear.  If you are enrolled in a university program and are looking to complete a thesis or marine research project please contact us with any questions. Below we have a list of projects that could be utilized as credit towards a degree program


Marine research Projects

Some of the projects that are available include the following:

– Dive Site Population Variation: An Investigative Study of Coral Species Abundance and Corresponding Reef Fish Abundance

– Reef Degradation: Using Reef Relief and Related Surveys to Determine Overall Growth and or Erosion of Various Reef Sites in the Manuel Antonio Area

– Shifts in Benthic Populations: A Quantitative Analysis of Reef Site Benthic Topography and Invertebrate Abundance

– Growth Rate Analysis of In-Situ Coral Fragments Across Various Nursery Locations

– The Impacts of Anthropogenic Dive Site Conditions on Overall Coral Survivorship

– Coral Fragment Outplant Growth, Survivorship and Recruitment

– Water Quality Metrics Across Various Dive Sites and Corresponding Sponge Abundance

– Invasive Corals and their Impacts on Native Coral Species

– Nudibranch Abundance throughout Dive Sites across the Manuel Antonio Area

– Understanding Octopus Mating Season

Student conducting Coral Restoration Marine Research Project