Robertson Coral Reef Research and Conservation Program
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
Fort Pierce, Florida
CATALYST 1 (Principal Investigator)
John Reed has been Mission Coordinator and Chief Scientist in charge of organizing and supervising more than 60 worldwide research expeditions for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution since 1978, visiting 40 countries, including Seychelles, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Galapagos Islands, Pearl Islands, Azores, Canaries, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean. He has utilized research vessels from HBOI, NOAA and NASA as platforms for manned submersibles, ROVs, and AUVs. He is Senior Scientist for the Robertson Coral Reef Research and Conservation Program at HBOI with emphasis on research and conservation of deep and shallow water coral reefs, including deep water Lophelia and Oculina reefs, and shallow water reefs of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida. He is curator for HBOI’s museum of biomedical collections (more than 30,000 deep and shallow water marine organisms), and archives of 30,000+ insitu photographs and submersible videotape libraries. He is Diving Safety Officer for HBOI with operational authority for all diving operations from Harbor Branch vessels and by a staff of 60 research and commercial divers. He has over 1000 scientific scuba dives and more than 100 submersible dives, including mixed-gas lockout diving. He has >100 publications, reports, and articles on worldwide research expeditions, deep sea coral reef research, and biomedical research.