Ideally situated in the United States Virgin Islands, CMES was established in 1999 with the mission to offer students and researchers a dynamic atmosphere to study tropical marine and environmental issues and increase awareness about marine topics in the VI. Located on both campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands, CMES is a multi-disciplinary research unit with the University's Research and Public Service component.

The faculty of CMES uses its unparalleled access to diverse tropical marine environments to engage in a variety of field and lab based research projects. Our goal is to provide much needed information to scientists, managers, and other stake-holders in the public and private sector by harnessing our collective expertise in areas ranging from coral reef ecology to oceanography and terrestrial ecology. 

Important Habitats and Marine Life Local Threats and Current Research
Coral Reefs
coral

Coral reefs in the Caribbean currently face issues from
sediment runoff, coastal pollution, and overfishing.

  • Coral Disease Biology

Dr. Marilyn Brandt

  • Mesophotic Coral Reef Ecology

Dr. Tyler Smith

Seagrass beds
seagrass

Seagrass beds in the Caribbean currently face issues from
sediment runoff, coastal pollution, and the possible introduction of invasive species.

  • Species distribution and mapping of native and invasive seagrasses

Dr. Avram Primack

Mangrove forests
mangrove

Mangrove forests in the Caribbean currently face issues from
deforestation and coastal pollution.

  • Red mangrove nursery and transplantation  

VIMAS

Watersheds
watersheds

Watersheds in the Caribbean currently face issues from
pollution and land development.

  • Identification of macro and micro fauna that are present in local watersheds  

Dr. Renata Platenberg

Fish Spawning Aggregations
fish spawning

Fish spawning aggregations in the Caribbean currently face issues from pollution, potential overfishing, and climate change

  • Dynamics of fish spawning aggregations

Dr. Rick Nemeth 

Sea Turtles 
sea turtle

Sea turtles in the Caribbean currently face issues from pollution, illegal poaching, and reckless watercraft use.

  • Green and Hawksbill sea turtle foraging locations

Dr. Paul Jobsis

Contact Us

Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
Telephone: (340) 693-1380
Fax: (340) 693-1385
Website: http://cmes.uvi.edu
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