Drew Harvell swims over diseased coral

Drew Harvell (EEB), former ACSF associate director, is collaborating with a prominent coral reef scientist in Indonesia, Jamaluddin Jompa, to measure declines in coral health 

Indonesia PEER Project

September 12, 2013

Drew Harvell swims over diseased coral

Drew Harvell (EEB), former ACSF associate director, is collaborating with a prominent coral reef scientist in Indonesia, Jamaluddin Jompa, to measure declines in coral health in one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world: the Coral Triangle.

USAID’s Impact blog features a detailed description of the team’s research: 

The project aims to assess the impact of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on reef resilience and coral disease containment. These no-fish reserves, which are areas protected under the Indonesian Government’s Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (COREMAP), serve as a sanctuary for marine life. This project will provide empirical data to show the importance of these preservation and conservation efforts. . . . To ensure the reefs’ health and sustainability, long-term planning and management is key. Focusing on local, manageable factors such as overfishing and coastal pollution, the team is developing new microbiological methods to better study their impacts—techniques which they hope will become incorporated into the COREMAP survey structure. Dr. Harvell asserts that with their findings, they will be able to evaluate how best to preserve nature while providing sustainable benefits to local communities.

The project has been funded since 2011 by USAID and the National Science Foundation through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. An earlier portion of Harvell’s research was funded by a 2008 Academic Venture Fund award.

Read more on USAID’s Impact blog.