|A project offered by:||Earthwatch Institute|
|Based in:||Orpheus Island, Australia|
|Working with:||Coral reefs
Reef associated wildlife
|Activities including:||SCUBA diving
Coral reef survey
|Duration:||from 8+ days|
|*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)|
By joining this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of international research on coral reef disease. You’ll live at the Orpheus Island Research Station, operated by James Cook University—actually inside the borders of the World Heritage Area. Your involvement, which will require scuba and open-water dive skills as well as specific certifications, will help Earthwatch researchers to assess how the reef is recovering from recent cyclones, any seasonal changes that may be going on, and the impact of light, temperature, and water quality on disease progression.
Working at a variety of dive sites, you’ll conduct underwater surveys by tagging and photographing diseased areas, which will be monitored over time to assess the condition of the coral. In the aquarium, you’ll set up and conduct experiments that measure light, temperature, pH, and nutrients of the water.
Go to Turtle Island Restoration Network‘s website to find out more about this project.