Help researchers at the forefront of active reef restoration science

Coral reefs face a multitude of threats, from climate change and storm damage, to sediment and nutrient run-off. Join us in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef to help scientists develop best-practice methods for coral recovery.

On this expedition, you’ll be scuba diving or snorkelling with researchers, helping them make baseline measurements of environmental conditions and assessing fish and invertebrate diversity and abundance, as well as actively removing algae and deploying coral recruitment (settlement) tiles.

As part of this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of active reef restoration science. You’ll be helping researchers on experiments that aim to develop best-practice methods for removing macro-algae and allowing coral to regrow. You’ll also be directly involved in filling in knowledge gaps that will help reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions that will support the Great Barrier Reef’s recovery, and the recovery of reefs around the world. 

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Read the Earthwatch briefing document to find out more about the research, daily life in the field, accommodations and food, and travel planning and tips.



Magnetic Island, Queensland



Includes accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities


5 days


21-25 October 2020

10-14 February 2021

7-11 April 2021

14-18 July 2021

13-17 October 2021

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Lead Scientist

Dr David Bourne, Australian Institute of Marine Science