Cailin Harrel

taylor gillI am a Master of Professional Science student in the Tropical Marine Ecology track currently completing my internship with the Lirman lab as a part of the Southeast Florida Coral Restoration Hub. My interests in coral restoration research lie in the development of restoration practices that will improve the efficiency and success of coral outplanting, especially for massive coral morphologies. I received my bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2020. My undergraduate thesis research focused on parasitic worms that impact oysters reared in aquaculture facilities. However, I have always had a passion for coral restoration and conservation work. Being a part of this team has been my first opportunity to dive in and experience all aspects of coral restoration, from outplanting to surveying to educating. Working alongside this dedicated team of coral restoration practitioners, I feel hope that we will make a positive impact on the health of Florida's Coral Reef as well as public awareness of the important roles coral play in their everyday lives.