Marie Seraphim
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Marine biologist, skilled in coral reef monitoring, reef restoration techniques and identification of tropical marine species.

Area of academic expertise - outline

I have extensive research experience on marine ecosytems with a focus on coral reef habitats. I have in depth identification skills in regards to corals, coral diseases, coral fish, algae and tropical marine invertebrates. I have several years of experience in underwater visual censues and hold a PADI Divemaster scuba-diving license.  I also have spent several years refining my training and education skills through a variety of projects such as conducting educational fieldtrips with school children, creating online training modules on sutainable fishing for academics, leading groups of scientific volunteers and lecturing and supervising undergraduate students as part of my PhD.

Current research activities

As a Ph.D. student at the University of the West of Scotland, I am currently conducting research on the effects of coral reef restoration on tropical fish communities. My research takes place on the MARS large-scale coral reef restoration project in Indonesia (Sulawesi). As part of the rehabilitation, thousands of coral fragments have been grown and attached to manmade metal frames which have been placed over regions of damaged reef. I have been monitoring the recolonization of coral fish by conducting over 200 underwater surveys on the coral frames and capturing over 400 hours of video footage with remote go-pro cameras to track predatory fish species. My research will give us a better understanding of important ecological processes on restored reefs.

Target collaborative companies

MARS Inc, MARS Sustainable Solutions, Waltham Centre For Pet Nutrition

Target collaborative organisations

Florida International University, Hasanuddin University, University of Exeter, University of Rhode Island

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Sutainable Fishing Practices, Fisheries Ecolabelling, Community Outreach

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Marine Project Scientist, Coral Cay Conservation

Dec 2015Jun 2016

Training and Peer Review College Officer, Marine Stewardship Council

Nov 2014Dec 2015

Environmental Educator and Aquarium Technician, Centre of Environmental Initiatives for the Lérins Islands

Jul 2014Oct 2014

Intern, Brijuni National Park and Marine Protected Area

Apr 2014Jun 2014


  • QL Zoology
  • Marine Science
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Coral Reefs
  • Fish
  • Fisheries
  • Identification
  • Environment
  • Survey


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