Ecological Monitoring Program

The Advanced Ecological Monitoring program is a prestigious recognition card for those students who are able to complete all of our research course and show an exceptional level of skill in performing reef surveys. This card recognizes your commitment to coral reef monitoring and research, and takes several weeks to achieve.


  • Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, etc) (must include at least 1 deep dive)
  • Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.


  • Complete the certifications for the following courses:
    • Ecological Monitoring Program
    • Coral Taxonomy and Identification
    • Giant Clam Nurseries and Population Studies
    • Shark Ecology and Population Studies
    • Nudibranch Ecology and ID Course
    • Coral Predators: Population Monitoring and Management
  • Be proficient in various survey techniques used by reef managers to monitor coral reef ecosystems


  • Attend all  knowledge development presentations included in the courses listed above
  • Read and complete the chapter reviews for all chapters of the Ecological Monitoring Program Manual
  • Complete and pass all the written exams for the courses listed above
  • Perform a ‘full EMP,’ showing proficiency in assessing coral health and disease and coral identification
  • Enter data onto data sheets or into the online database