NOAA reef-health expert joins CCMI team

| 06/07/2016
CNS Local Life

Dr Karsten Shein is helping to understand reef health

(CNS): Dr Karsten Shein, a climatologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been awarded a Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) research fellowship to help the organisation in its work understanding reef health. Dr Shein has led several major international scientific projects, and at CCMI’s Little Cayman Research Centre, he has installed environmental instrumentation that aids understanding of the influence of ocean microclimates on coral health.

Dr Shein is helping to improve CCMI’s comprehension of the ocean and atmospheric dynamics that directly relate to coral reef stress and resilience. Grateful for the opportunity to do the work, he said it would “benefit the science of climate change and coral reefs beyond our expectations”.

CCMI’s research fellows are honorary appointments to establish collaborations that are mutually beneficial with scientists who are invested in coral reef research. This cooperation with scientists increases the capacity of CCMI to conduct research in areas that would otherwise be impossible.

“Dr Shein has made numerous contributions to the research here at CCMI and has taken on a role of mentoring early career scientists as well,” said Dr Carrie Manfrino, president of CCMI. “He is more than deserving of this award, and we look forward to continuing our studies with him.”

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Category: Marine Environment

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