Coral Reef Restoration, Assessment & Monitoring (CRRAM) Laboratory


David Gilliam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
COE Room #223
(954) 262-3634

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Research Focus

Coral reef ecology with an emphasis on restoration, assessment, and monitoring. The research includes investigating the ecology, restoration, and conservation of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) populations. The lab has a strong resource management focus and works closely with local, state, and federal agency resource managers.

Research Activities

  • Studying the basic ecology of staghorn and other corals
  • Evaluating threats to coral reefs and their communities
  • Monitoring coral reef health
  • Conducting reef damage recovery and restoration projects
  • Investigating methods to improve restoration success

"What happens in the deep sea affects everything that happens on the surface, and what happens on the surface affects what happens in the deep sea. You can't influence one part of the ecosystem without impacting the global ecosystem."."

-Tamara Frank, Ph.D.