Conservation Diver Academic Achievements

At Conservation Diver, we believe that monitoring and research should be the responsibility and priority of any marine center interacting with or conducting restorative practices on marine ecosystems. Without this element, a center has no quantitative way to track its progress and see if they succeed in restoring ecosystems.

Adding to the pool of scientific literature is crucial to better understanding the ecosystems we are dealing with. Reporting new species, interactions, and ecosystem functions should be a continual goal for any program wishing to contribute to ocean conservation positively. Much of our research also documents new species, interactions, and observations. These publications help us paint the complete picture of how ecosystems work, and the more knowledge we have of these processes, the better we can understand and successfully preserve them.

The items listed below reflect our academic achievements and include one or more Conservation Diver instructors, interns or has involved in research on our restorative practices. The information provided in these articles, reports, and books is relevant to our teaching topics and courses. They are valuable reading materials to obtain more information on our courses and gain insight into who we are as an organization.

Many of these items are open access, however, if you are having troubles accessing any of our work, feel free to get in touch, and we can help.

Peer-Reviewed Academic Achievements:


Nutrient dynamics, carbon storage and community composition on artificial and natural reefs in Bali, Indonesia

Zach Boakes, I. Gusti Ngurah A. Suryaputra, Alice E. Hall, Daniel J. Franklin & Richard Stafford


Competition and epibiosis by the sponge Pseudoceratina purpurea (Carter, 1880) on scleractinian corals at a tourism hotspot in the Gulf of Thailand
Alyssa Allchurch, Rahul Mehrotra, Harrison Carmody, Coline Monchanin, Chad M Scott

Recruitment of hard coral communities on giant clam shells (Cardiidae: Tridacna) differ from surrounding reef habitats at a tourist destination in the Gulf of Thailand
Rahul Mehrotra, Alyssa Allchurch, Coline Monchanin, Chad M Scott

Citizen science reveals the population structure and seasonal presence of whale sharks in the Gulf of Thailand
Kirsty Magson, Emily Monacella, Chad Scott, Noémie Buffat, Sirachai Arunrugstichai, Metavee Chuangcharoendee, Simon J Pierce, Jason Holmberg, Gonzalo Araujo


An updated inventory of sea slugs from Koh Tao, Thailand, with notes on their ecology and a dramatic biodiversity increase for Thai waters
Rahul Mehrotra, Manuel A Caballer Gutiérrez, Chad M Scott, Spencer Arnold, Coline Monchanin, Voranop Viyakarn, Suchana Chavanich

Contrasting coral community structures between natural and artificial substrates at Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand
Coline Monchanin, Rahul Mehrotra, Elouise Haskin, Chad M Scott, Pau Urgell Plaza, Alyssa Allchurch, Spencer Arnold, Kirsty Magson, Bert W Hoeksema

Competition and epibiosis by the sponge Pseudoceratina purpurea (Carter, 1880) on scleractinian corals at a tourism hotspot in the Gulf of Thailand
Alyssa Allchurch, Rahul Mehrotra, Harrison Carmody, Coline Monchanin, Chad M Scott

Assessment of spatiotemporal variability of giant clam populations (Cardiidae: Tridacna) from 11 years of monitoring at Koh Tao, Thailand
Rahul Mehrotra, Alyssa Allchurch, Coline Monchanin, Chad M Scott


On the Plakobranchidae (Gastropoda, Sacoglossa) from soft sediment habitats of Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand, with descriptions of two new species
Rahul Mehrotra, Manuel Caballer Gutierrez, Chad M. Scott, Spencer Arnold, Coline Monchanin, Suchana Chavanich

New Records of Heliopora hiberniana from SE Asia and the Central Indian Ocean
Zoe T. Richards, Leon Haines, Patrick Scaps, Denis Ader

Multiple substrates chosen in mass in situ egg deposition by Drupella in Mauritius, a first record for the western Indian Ocean
Deepeeka Kaullysing, Rahul Mehrotra, Spencer Arnold, Sundy Ramah, Alyssa Allchurch, Elouise Haskin, Nawsheen Taleb-Hossenkhan, Ranjeet Bhagooli

Effects of coral restoration on fish communities: snapshots of long-term, multiregional responses and implications for practice
Margaux Y. Hein, Roger Beeden, R. Alastair Birtles, Tory J. Chase, Fanny Couture, Elouise Haskin, Nadine Marshall, Kayla Ripple, Lisa Terry, Bette L. Willis, Reanna Willis, Naomi M. Gardiner

Coral Restoration Effectiveness: MultiregionalSnapshots of the Long-Term Responses of CoralAssemblages to Restoration
Margaux Y. Hein, Roger Beeden, Alastair Birtles, Naomi M. Gardiner, Thomas Le Berre, Jessica Levy, Nadine Marshall, Chad M. Scott, Lisa Terry and Bette L. Willis

A new species of coral-feeding nudibranch (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from the Gulf of Thailand
Rahul Mehrotra, Spencer Arnold, Adam Wang, Suchana Chavanich, Bert W. Hoeksema, Manuel Caballer


Selective consumption of sacoglossan sea slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda) by scleractinian corals (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)
Rahul Mehrotra
, Coline Monchanin, Chad M. Scott, Niphon Phongsuwan, Manuel Caballer Gutierrez, Suchana Chavanich, Bert W. Hoeksema

The extraordinary genus Myja is not a tergipedid, but related to the Facelinidae s. str. with the addition of two new species from Japan (Mollusca, Nudibranchia)
Alexander Martynov, Rahul Mehrotra, Suchana Chavanich, Rie Nakano, Sho Kashio, Kennet Lundin, Bernard Picton and Tatiana Korshunova

The formerly enigmatic Unidentiidae in the limelight again: a new species of the genus Unidentia from Thailand (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia)
Tatiana Korshunova, Rahul Mehrotra, Spencer Arnold, Kennet Lundin, Bernard Picton and Alexander Martynov

Filamentous turf algae on tube worms intensify damage in massive Porites corals
Bert W. Hoeksema, Roeland J. van der Schoot, Dagmar Wels, Chad M. Scott and  Harry A. ten Hove


Ecotourism and Coral Reef Restoration: case studies from Thailand and the Maldives
Margaux Y Hein, Fanny Couture, Chad M Scott

Rare zooxanthellate Nanipora octocoral (Helioporacea) in the Gulf of Thailand
Pau Urgell Plaza
, Rahul Mehrotra, Chad M. Scott and James Davis Reimer


On the genus Armina (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Nudibranchia) in Thailand
Rahul Mehrotra
, Manuel Caballer Gutierrez and Suchana Chavanich

Population dynamics of corallivores (Drupella and Acanthaster) on coral reefs of Koh Tao, a diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand
Chad M. Scott
, Rahul Mehrotra, Margaux Y. Hein, Michelangelo S. Moerland, and Bert W. Hoeksema

In-situ egg deposition by corallivorous snails on mushroom corals at Koh Tao (Gulf of Thailand)
Chad M. Scott
, Rahul Mehrotra and Bert W. Hoeksema

Changes in hard coral abundance and composition on Koh Tao, Thailand, 2006-2014
Chad M. Scott
, Rahul Mehrotra, Madalena Cabral and Sirachai Arunrugstichai

A large gape facilitates predation on salps by Heteropsammia corals
Rahul Mehrotra, Chad M. Scott and Bert W. Hoeksema


Prey selection of corallivorous muricids at Koh Tao (Gulf of Thailand) four years after a major coral bleaching event
Michelangelo S. Moerland, Chad M. Scott and Bert W. Hoeksema

Christmas tree worms as epibionts of giant clams at Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand
Roel van der Schoot, Chad M. Scott, Harry A. ten Hove and Bert W. Hoeksema


Species inventory of sea slugs (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) for Koh Tao, Thailand, with 25 first records for Thai waters
Rahul Mehrotra
and Chad M. Scott

Predation on a sacoglossan gastropod by a mushroom coral
Rahul Mehrotra
, Chad M. Scott, Joel M. Rohrer and Bert W. Hoeksema

Spawning observation of Acanthaster planci in the Gulf of Thailand
Chad M. Scott, Rahul Mehrotra and Pau Urgell Plaza

Assessing baseline levels of coral health in a newly established marine protected area in a global scuba diving hotspot
Margaux Y. Hein, Joleah B. Lamb, Chad Scott and Bette L. Willis

A large gape facilitates predation on salps
R Mehrotra, CM Scott, BW Hoeksema


An update to the list of coral reef fishes from Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand
Patrick Scaps and Chad M. Scott

Developing community-accessible methods of increasing coral reef resilience through selective coral breeding programs
Chad M. Scott and James D. True



Escalante Biodiversity and Ecosystem Report – 2020
Rahul Mehrotra, Coline Monchanin, Maggie Seida, Ellen G. Funesto, Harrison Carmody and Sarocha Pakeenuya


Incident Report and Restoration Overview Boat Grounding: Chalok Ban Kao Reef January 27th, 2015
Chad Scott, Spencer Arnold, Elouise Haskin, Kirsty Magson, Rahul Mehrotra, Joel Rohrer, Pau Urgell Plaza


2017 Toboso Biodiversity and Ecosystem Report
Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Grace Funesto, Spencer Arnold, and Sarocha Pakeenuya


Toboso Biodiversity and Ecosystem Report – 2016 On the Verge of Collapse or the Dawn of Restoration
Rahul Mehrotra, Sarocha Pakeenuya and Spencer Arnold


Coral growth rate monitoring in vivo on similarly healthy reinforced steel bar structures with and without mineral accretion device in an algae dominated reef.
A Leclerc, C Scott



Marine Life of Gili Islands, Simple Guidelines
Raditya A. Saputra, Jon M. Piepkorn, Leon B. Haines, Nicolas R. Hahn and Warren Beyers


Ecological Monitoring Program For Indo-Pacific region, 3rd Edition
Chad Scott
. Additional contributors: Rahul Mehrotra, Pau Urgell Plaza, Spencer Arnold, Kirsty Magson, Elouise Haskin, Florian Lang, Nathan Cook.

Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs of Koh Tao and Nearby Islands
Rahul Mehrotra, Pau Urgell Plaza


The Koh Tao Ecological Monitoring Program, 2nd Edition
Chad Scott

Other Academic Achievements

In the publications below, none of our instructors are listed as authors, however it includes papers that facilitated by our database, that we assisted on or/and were written by interns and researchers visiting our programs.

Coral restoration: Socio-ecological perspectives of benefits and limitations
Margaux Y Hein, Alastair Birtles, Bette L Willis, Naomi Gardiner, Roger Beeden, Nadine A Marshall

South-East Asia Coral Bleaching Rapid Response: Final Report
Prepared by Colette R. Thomas and Scott F. Heron

Participatory integrated Waste management for conserving coral reef around Koh Tao, Suratthani IUCN Thailand Programme

Scuba diving damage and intensity of tourist activities increases coral disease prevalence
Joleah B. Lamb, James D. True, Srisakul Piromvaragorn, Bette L. Willis

Bacterial profiling of White Plague Disease in a comparative coral species framework
Cornelia Roder, Chatchanit Arif, Till Bayer, Manuel Aranda, Camille Daniels, Ahmed Shibl, Suchana Chavanich, and Christian R Voolstra

A GIS-Based Assessment of Threats to the Natural Environment on Koh Tao, Thailand
Robbie Weterings