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Corals & Cocktails

Corals & Cocktails

Join us for corals & cocktails at Iggies Beach Bar on Thursday, April 20th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. This will be followed, of course, by Iggie's famous karaoke! 

Learn about some of the incredible research taking place at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. Presentations will include discussions on coral out-planting and efforts to restore the branching coral populations that were devastated in the Territory in the '80s.

PLUS, win prizes from Top Sails (Full Day Sail), Snorkel EcoTours (Three 2-person gift certificates), Coki Beach Dive Shop (Discover Scuba Dive Package), and much, much more!

Presenters will be:


Alexandra Gutting

Alexandra Gutting is a graduate student in the Master's of Marine and Environmental Science program at UVI and studies the effects of turbidity on coral bleaching. She is interested in coral reef restoration and management and sharing science with the community. Her other passions include traveling, good books, and exploring the outdoors, both above and below the surface of the sea.

Vernita Smith

Vernita Smith, a 22 year old MMES graduate student at The University of the Virgin Islands hailing from Riverdale, GA. The youngest of four children, she loves to travel, read, listen to music and watch television. Vernita is currently completing research on the chytrid fungus that is causing mortality worldwide in amphibians. She loves animals and hopes to one day become a wildlife veterinarian. 

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith is a graduate student in the Masters in Marine and Environmental Sciences program at UVI, and studies Lionfish movement around Buck Island. Her research interests involve fish movement and health, microbiology, and invasive species management. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys scuba diving, music, and helping with science outreach events. 

Earlier Event: April 6
VI-EPSCoR Annual Conference