Although our home base is San Diego, our field work and our network of collaborators extend around the world. The San Diego Coral Club is a monthly gathering of coral reef researchers working in the San Diego area at all levels, from students to established scientists. Here they can present preliminary data to colleagues and discuss other research questions. The goal is to foster new collaborations and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas about coral reef science and the conservation of tropical reefs. In addition, reef scientists visiting San Diego have presented talks about their current research directions to the group.

If you are interested in learning more about coral reefs, you are welcome to attend the meetings of our San Diego Coral Club. The meetings are not on a regular schedule, so please contact us if you would like to learn more about the when and where of the next meetings.


Peter Vroom (NOAA) – Assessing America’s Remote Pacific Reefs

Katie Barott and Tracey McDole (SDSU) – NOAA 2010 Coral Reef Monitoring Cruise

John Pandolfi (University of Queensland) – Ecological dynamics of Pleistocene reef

Eugene Rosenberg (Tel Aviv University) – Phage therapy of coral disease

Ben Neal (SIO) – Computer vision coral ecology: cyber-enabled image classification for rapid, large scale, automated monitoring of climate change impacts on coral reefs

Kristen Marhaver (SIO) – Practical insurance advice for young corals and the young

Linda Wegley (SDSU) – Iron enrichment on a coral reef changes the ecosystem from the

Stuart Sandin (SIO) – Phoenix Islands 2009 cruise summary

Andreas Haas – Algal-derived carbon sources and their influences on corals

Elizabeth Dinsdale (SDSU) – Preliminary microbial data from the 2009 Southern Line

Jennifer Smith (SIO) – Preliminary benthic data from the 2009 Southern Line Islands

Katie Barott (SDSU) – Hyperspectral and physiological analyses of coral-algal interactions from the 2009 Southern Line Islands cruise

Dirk Zeller (University of British Columbia) – Global Fisheries

Dave Zawada (USGS, St. Petersberg FL) – LIDAR, tow vehicles, and coral reefs

Josh Cinner (James Cook University) – Using social science to improve coral reef management

Kristen Marhaver (SIO) – Parent colony microbes influence coral larvae settlement and survival

Steven Smriga (SIO) – Milkfish feces share common bacteria with coral holobiont

Melissa Garren (SIO) – Potential for transport of bacteria between fish farms and coral reefs

Ben Ruttenberg (SIO) – Demographic shifts in coral reef fish communities across a gradient of human disturbance

Jessica Carilli (SIO) – Why I dragged a 250 lb compressor across Central America

Elizabeth Dinsdale (SDSU) – Metagenomics of microbial and viral communities on coral reefs

Fabiano Lopes Thompson (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) – Marine microbial diversity in the Blue Amazon

Ranjan Muthukrishnan (UCLA) – Determinants of community structure in tropical reef ecosystems: external stresses and internal feedbacks

Dave Zawada (USGS) – Fluorescence classification of Caribbean organisms & substrates

Oscar Beijbom and Tali Treibitz (UCSD / SIO) – Automated annotation of coral reef survey images

Art Gleason (RSMAS / University of Miami) – Coral reef mapping and monitoring with underwater image mosaics

Les Kaufman (Boston University) – Monitoring and modeling ecosystem health

Josh Cinner (JCU) – Evaluation of natural resource co-management arrangements across five countries

Mark Vermeij (CARMABI) – A story of reef conservation in the Caribbean and why conservationists rather hand out T-shirts than do their job

Phil Munday (JCU) – The prospects for acclimation and adaptation of reef fishes to climate change

Dave Zawada (USGS) – Remote-Sensing Fusion for Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies

Liz Dinsdale, Rob Edwards, Rob Schmieder, Matt Haggerty, Clint Edwards, Jill Harris, Rachel Morrison, and Tali Vardi (UCSD / SIO) – Recent work carried out in the Abrolhos Islands, Brazil