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MEET THE TEAM

RESEARCH AND FIELD LEADS

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DR. MARILYN BRANDT

Reef Response Director
Research Associate Professor, University of the Virgin Islands

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KATHRYN COBLEIGH

Reef Response Coordinator

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DAN MELE

Coral Aquarist Specialist

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BRAD ARRINGTON

Coral Restoration Specialist

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JASON QUETEL

Marine Life Restoration Specialist

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RACHEL IONATA

Coral Aquarist Specialist

 
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SONORA MEILING

Marine Disease Specialist

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Nicholas Durgadeen

Coral Restoration Specialist

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Dr. Larry Dew

Reef Response Faculty

Donor Relations Specialist

STUDENT INTERNS

 
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NATASHA BESTROM

Natasha is a graduate student in the Brandt Laboratory researching health and of disease Acropora Palmata. 

ALUMNI

Alex Gutting

Kristen Ewen

Alex is one of the cofounders Reef Response (formerly VI Reef Response) while she was a graduate student at UVI. She and Kristen Ewen lead efforts to rebuild the coral nursery at Flat Cay after it was destroyed in the 2017 hurricanes and created Reef Response's citizen science program. Alex is now the Coral Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in St. Croix and is working to strengthen collaborations between the two coral restoration programs.

Kristen was one of the cofounders of Reef Response (formerly VI Reef Response) while at the University of the Virgin Islands. She was integral in rebuilding the Flat Cay nursery along following hurricanes Irma and Maria. She along with Alex Gutting developed the citizen science component of Reef Response, focusing on including recreational divers in coral nursery maintenance. Kristen is now a Biological Scientist Technician for the National Parks Service in St. Croix,  USVI.

Adam Glahn

Adam Glahn was a vital team member of Reef Response building our temporary land-based coral nursery system. He helped establish our in-water nursery at Great St. James. Adam currently works as a Biologist for the Environmental Protection Agency in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

 

Previous Interns

Kelsey Vaughn (Graduate Student)

Nicole Krampitz (Graduate Student)

Arelys Chapparo (Graduate Student)

Matt Souza (Graduate Student)

Stephanie Hibberts (Graduate Student)

Kaya Carrion (Graduate Student)

Kayla Budd (Graduate Student)

Alanica Canonier (Undergraduate Student)