National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research
University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149





The RECONNECT Program arises from the fact that most coral reef species undergo periods of days or weeks during early development in which they drift or swim freely amid ocean currents before settling in as "recruits" on a particular reef. The program integrates physical oceanographic modeling with studies of the genetic relationships among reef species across the region and of the behavior and survival of the species before and after they settle. The effects of climate change on these processes are a particular concern because a warming climate may lead to shifting currents, diminished recruitment, ecological changes, and low fishery yields. 

The program has a regional focus and has important implications for the management of reef fisheries, the design and deployment of protected areas, and the international cooperation necessary to ensure the longevity of coral reefs.


3.1  Genetic structure of Acropora palmata populations in the Caribbean

3.2  An Intra-American Regional Education and Directed Training Facility for Environmental Research and Monitoring (PATOMAC)

3.3  Atlantic Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA)