Webinar: Tracking Coral Health in the Caribbean Sea
This Zoom webinar featuring Marine Biologist Leah Harper aired May 12, 2022, as part of the "Smithsonian Science How" series. Watch a recording in the player above.
- This video features closed captions and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.
Meet Leah Harper, a marine biologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. In this video, Leah describes the research she does in near-shore habitats, such as coral reefs and sea grasses, to learn how these ecosystems function. She shares how the MarineGEO program monitors corals and the important reef ecosystems they support, and assesses fish and invertebrate biodiversity. She explains how her work is part of MarineGEO's larger effort to understand how corals, fish, and invertebrates interact to maintain diverse and thriving tropical marine ecosystems. Leah also discusses how she measures biodiversity and tracks the health of stony corals.
- This video is an extension activity for the museum's Reefs Unleashed school program for Grades 6-12.
- We originally broadcasted "Tracking Coral Health in the Caribbean Sea" May 19, 2021. View the original archived webcast.
About Smithsonian Science How
Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts in this weekly series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, Smithsonian Science How will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout.
Thematically aligned with NMNH School Programs, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar aligns with core content from the Animal Adaptions, Insect Survival, or Reefs Unleashed school programs, but is an independent experience.