Background
       
     
Benthic Composition
       
     
Biodiversity
       
     
Coral Health & Disease
       
     
Background
       
     
Background

Timor-Leste is the third newest country in the world recently independent in 2002.  It located in the southern Indo-Pacific between Indonesia and Australia within the Coral Triangle, the global epicenter of marine biodiversity.

Photo: C Heatherington

Benthic Composition
       
     
Benthic Composition

Benthic composition of reefs along the north coast using XL Catlin Seaview Survey imagery and CoralNet an automated image analysis program.  Pictured: CoralNet photoquadrate with 100 randomized points

Biodiversity
       
     
Biodiversity

Utilizing data sets collected by the United State's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's USAID funded work in Timor-Leste from 2012-2014 including fish surveys and Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS) samples.  Brachyuran crab samples from ARMS were DNA barcoded at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.  Pictured: crab samples

Coral Health & Disease
       
     
Coral Health & Disease

Looking at coral disease and signs of compromised health at four sites across an anthropogenic gradient in the capital of Dili.  Pictured: Field buddy Dom rolling in the transect tape at Beloi Barrier Reef