This summer, scientists from Scripps Institute of Oceanography at University of California San Diego led a group of ocean-supporters on a week-long diving and learning experience in Palau. Scripps marine ecologists Jennifer Smith and Stuart Sandin, postdoctoral researcher Brian Zgliczynski and colleagues visited the remote island nation to conduct research for the 100 Island Challenge, a Scripps-led project that aims to collect coral reef data from 100 islands across the globe, providing a baseline health assessment for islands ranging from moderately to heavily fished.
Palau has become a global example of effective marine management thanks to recent conservation efforts. The island’s strict marine conservation plan protects 80% of Palau’s waters.
Thanks to the support of nine donors, Scripps scientists chartered a boat for three weeks to study the coral reefs of Palau’s southwest islands. These Scripps supporters joined the research team on-board during the third and final week for an immersive exploration experience of guided dives, science talks and more.