Earthwatch scientist Dr. John Cigliano is a marine ecologist with a special interest in the conservation of marine fisheries in the face of climate change.
Why the queen conch of Belize?
Says Dr. Cigliano: “The results of this study will be, and have been, shared with all of the stakeholders of the reserve: the fishers, local community members, and the Department of Fisheries. At a time when many marine species are in decline, we have a chance to help preserve one of them, and at the same time, explore the second largest barrier reef in the world.”
Why field research?
As he said in a faculty profile: “It’s the best of both worlds really. I travel to Belize every few months where I get to do the field work that I love, but I am also opening my students’ eyes and fostering that same passion for science and what it can accomplish that my teachers gave me.”
Read Helping Snails Speed Up a Slow Science in Belize, Dr. Cigliano’s story about his experience with Queen conch.