5/28/2018 – 7/3/2018
The first two weeks of our expedition will be spent exploring the Arabuko Sokoke Forest searching for the Tana River Gecko (Hemidactylus modestus). Due to a high degree of habitat fragmentation, the last remaining Tana River Gecko’s are believed to be isolated to the Arabuko Sokoke Forest. The species numbers are believed to be extremely low and the potential for this species to be extinct is possible. If we are able to find this species during our expedition, we will begin surveying the area looking to assemble some preliminary data on the population and distribution for the species.
The last two weeks of the trip will be spent at the Mwamba field study center in Watamu Kenya, studying coral health and resilience of East Africa’s coral reefs. Our team will be specifically be focusing my work in the Watamu Marine National Park and surrounding areas
In December 2017, our team explored the remote Palawan Islands of the Philippines. We were successful in filming six prominent dive sites of the region along with two 360-degree immersive videos to be later used education and research purposes.
FIJI - INDONESIA - PHILIPINES
6/1/2019 – 7/6/2019
Our team will be traveling throughout the coral triangle, an area in the western Pacific known for is vast regions of coral reefs, to document and identify critical trade routes and sources of origin for live corals entering the coral trade and being shipped internationally. We will travel to the three major regions of exportation including: Fiji, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Furthermore, we are seeking to access the sustainability of the coral trade in these regions along with the methods being utilized to acquire live corals for the trade.
In June 2017, our team explored the beautiful island of Bali. We were successful in filming 5 prominent dive sites in the region including Manta Point. All videos are currently up on YouTube for you to learn more about the area.