MEET THE TEAM
RESEARCH AND FIELD LEADS
DR. MARILYN BRANDT
VI Reef Response Director
Research Associate Professor, University of the Virgin Islands
VI Reef Response Coordinator
DR. LARRY DEW
VI Reef Response Faculty
Donor Relations Specialist
Kayla works with Coral World and the St. Thomas Coral Disease Strike Team to treat and monitor diseased corals on reefs near the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. She is also helping to develop the on-land coral treatment facility at Coral World.
Marine Disease Specialist
Previous interns and students
Stephanie worked closely with graduate student, Dan Mele, learning coral microfragmentation techniques for Acroporid and Orbicellid corals and coral husbandry maintenance. She is completing her master's degree at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Kelsey assisted with in coral health monitoring, maintenance at our in-water nurseries, and outplanting corals for one of VI Reef Response's on-going multi-species outplanting experiment. She is completing her master's degree at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Alex is one of the cofounders 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 VI 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 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 VI 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.
Makeda focused on coral micro-fragmentation growth while working with VI Reef response as an undergraduate at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is now pursuing her PhD in Biological Oceanography at Texas A&M University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Kyle, a former VI Reef Response intern, was responsible for our Flat Cay nursery maintanence and researching methods to integrate into our process that are used by other restoration organization. He now works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency branch in St. Thomas, USVI.