Advanced Ecological Monitoring Program

The Advanced Ecological Monitoring Program certification is a prestigious certification course for those students who seek to gain knowledge and practice in a multitude of research techniques and demonstrate an exceptional level of skill in performing reef surveys and data collection. This certification recognizes your commitment to coral reef monitoring and research, and takes several weeks to achieve.



  • Learn and practice a variety of marine research techniques, including but not limited to; water quality testing, fragment/recruitment surveys, coral size class surveys, reef surveys using a quadrant, photodocumentation, underwater photogrammetry, tracking growth rates, monitoring coral health, and more
  • Successfully conduct various survey techniques and data collection protocols
  • Enter data into our exiting databases and understand how that data in analyzed and reported


  • Attend all knowledge development presentations included in the courses listed above as well as the Advanced Ecological Monitoring Program lecture
  • Read and complete the chapter reviews for chapters 9-10 of the Ecological Monitoring Program manual
  • Complete and pass all the written exams for the courses listed above (80% and above)
  • Perform at least one Compromised Coral Health survey or Coral Bleaching Survey

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