Covering less than one percent of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to a quarter of marine species and are important nursery habitats to edible fish. It is estimated, one billion people depend on the reefs for food. This vital ecosystem and resource are under serious threat from global warming, coastal development, pollution, and over-fishing.
Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, educator and expedition leader, will host 25 AXA XL Coral Live STEM and geography live video lessons from the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) station in Curaçao. The topics are animated by follow-along live investigations, interactive meet the expert interviews and ask me anything sessions.
Each day, between 11-15 November inclusive will be dedicated to a topic: corals and restoration, ecosystems, threats to the reef, climate change and ocean acidification, and adaptation.
Registration is open for schools around the world to connect their primary and secondary classes to research scientists, marine biologists and science communicators during AXA XL Coral Live. This is an opportunity to take students on a free virtual field trip to the Caribbean to build literacy, practise working scientifically, inspire STEM careers and develop environmental stewardship.