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

On this expedition, participants can get involved through scuba or snorkel activities. You will assist researchers in making baseline measurements of environmental conditions, actively removing algae, deploying coral recruitment (settlement) tiles, and assessing fish and invertebrate diversity and abundance. By joining this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of active reef restoration science. You will assist researchers in experiments that aim to develop best practice methods for removing this macroalgae and allowing coral to regrow. You will be directly involved in filling in the gaps that will enable reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions that support the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef, and reefs all over the world.

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Magnetic Island, Queensland


$795, includes accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities


5 days


21-25 October 2019

22-26 April 2020

15-19 July 2020

21-25 October 2020

Activity Level


Lead Scientist

Dr David Bourne, Australian Institute of Marine Science