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MEET THE TEAM

RESEARCH AND FIELD LEADS

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DR. MARILYN BRANDT

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

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KATHRYN COBLEIGH

VI Reef Response Coordinator

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DAN MELE

Coral Restoration

Graduate Student

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BRAD ARRINGTON

Coral Recruitment

Graduate Student

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ADAM GLAHN

Restoration Technician

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DR. LARRY DEW

VI Reef Response Faculty

Donor Relations Specialist

 

STUDENT INTERNS

 
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KAYLA BUDD

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.

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SONORA MEILING

Marine Disease Specialist

ALUMNI

Previous interns and students

 

Stephanie Hibberts

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 Vaughn

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 Gutting

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 Ewen

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 Mills

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 Jerris

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.