GIS & Spatial Ecology Laboratory


Brian Walker, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
COE Room #503
(954) 262-3675


Photo: Brian Walker
"Research on the spatial arrangement of coral reef habitats and their constituents will generate sound data for science, policy, conservation, and management of coral reef ecosystems."

Research Focus

Utilization of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool to study the ecology, distribution, and spatial arrangement of benthic (sea bottom) coastal and ocean habitats and marine organisms to provide maps and other spatial information for the enhancement of knowledge, conservation, and resource management.

Research Activities

  • Spatial Ecology
  • Seafloor Characterization
  • Scientific research study design
  • Management applications of scientific research
  • Coral Reef Geology

Associated Researchers and Students

  • Alain Pierre-Louis
  • Alysha Brunelle
  • Cory Ames (Research Assistant)
  • Elizabeth Fromuth
  • Kimberly Smith
  • Mollie Sinnott
  • Shelby Eagan