Over the past four years I have had the amazing opportunity to traverse nearly half the globe with the Living Oceans Foundation (www.livingoceansfoundation.org) as part of their Global Reef Expedition (https://www.livingoceansfoundation.org/global-reef-expedition/). Below I have presented a single iconic image of each of the regions we visited (from French Polynesia to Chagos), though much greater detail can be found elsewhere on the site. My goal is to provide all habitat images, sampled coral images, habitat data, and sampled coral data (genotype, physiology, and molecular biology) on this website, but it will be a work in progress, as the datasets are already huge and are growing by the day. For the time being, a list of all corals sampled can be downloaded here. For a list of all genotyped colonies, including NCBI accession numbers, please click here. For a list of all biological material available to share, please see this document. Project reports for the surveyed regions can be found below. 

Meanwhile, my "home base" field site is in Taiwan, which has got to be one of the world's best places to study the environmental physiology of corals given the diverse array of reefs with very different temperature profiles in near proximity of each other. 

A monospecific assemblage of  Acropora  sp. at  Dongsha Atoll . For more information on research on coral bleaching being undertaken at Dongsha Atoll, check out this  link .

A monospecific assemblage of Acropora sp. at Dongsha Atoll. For more information on research on coral bleaching being undertaken at Dongsha Atoll, check out this link.

French Polynesia   (Feb. 2011 and April 2013):  field report  and  manuscript describing sampled corals and some environmental data . The second manuscript describing the molecular biology of the sampled coral colonies can be found  here . For a previous research trip to Moorea (one of the world's most gorgeous places), click  here .

French Polynesia (Feb. 2011 and April 2013): field report and manuscript describing sampled corals and some environmental data. The second manuscript describing the molecular biology of the sampled coral colonies can be found here. For a previous research trip to Moorea (one of the world's most gorgeous places), click here.


Cook Islands   (April-May, 2013):  field report  and  manuscript describing sampled corals and some environmental data . The second manuscript describing the molecular biology of the sampled coral colonies can be found  here .

Cook Islands (April-May, 2013): field report and manuscript describing sampled corals and some environmental data. The second manuscript describing the molecular biology of the sampled coral colonies can be found here.


Fiji   (Jun. 2013):  field report  and manuscript describing sampled coral physiology and molecular biology, as well as some environmental data (Mayfield et al. 2017b   PLoS ONE  ). To download the Aperture library for all images from Fiji's Lau Archipelago, please go to this Google Drive  folder .

Fiji (Jun. 2013): field report and manuscript describing sampled coral physiology and molecular biology, as well as some environmental data (Mayfield et al. 2017b PLoS ONE). To download the Aperture library for all images from Fiji's Lau Archipelago, please go to this Google Drive folder.


Tonga   (Sept. 2013):  field report  and manuscript describing sampled coral physiology and molecular biology, as well as some environmental data (Mayfield et al. 2017a   PLoS ONE  ).

Tonga (Sept. 2013): field report and manuscript describing sampled coral physiology and molecular biology, as well as some environmental data (Mayfield et al. 2017a PLoS ONE).


New Caledonia  (Nov. 2013). The first manuscript describing the findings from New Caledonia can be found  here . the field report from LOF can be found  here . I am currently analyzing a subset of my pocilloporid samples in greater detail to better understand physiological changes that occur in coral cells across the light-dark cycle.

New Caledonia (Nov. 2013). The first manuscript describing the findings from New Caledonia can be found here. the field report from LOF can be found here. I am currently analyzing a subset of my pocilloporid samples in greater detail to better understand physiological changes that occur in coral cells across the light-dark cycle.


Australia ( Great Barrier Reef ; Sept. 2014). For fun pictures of Oz, go  here . For the LOF field report, please go  here . My role on this mission was to help with surveys (namely rugosity transects); therefore, samples were not taken.

Australia (Great Barrier Reef; Sept. 2014). For fun pictures of Oz, go here. For the LOF field report, please go here. My role on this mission was to help with surveys (namely rugosity transects); therefore, samples were not taken.


Solomon Islands  (Nov. 2014). I have processed my samples but not yet analyzed the data. The LOF field report, however, can be found  here .

Solomon Islands (Nov. 2014). I have processed my samples but not yet analyzed the data. The LOF field report, however, can be found here.


Palau  (Jan. 2015). I have processed my samples but not yet analyzed the data. A popular science write-up of our work in Palau can be found  here .

Palau (Jan. 2015). I have processed my samples but not yet analyzed the data. A popular science write-up of our work in Palau can be found here.


Chagos  (British Indian Ocean Territory; Mar.-May 2015). I have extracted RNAs, DNAs, and proteins from pocilloporid and seriatoporid coral samples collected in the British Indian Ocean Territory, but I have not yet analyzed them. The field report from LOF can be found  here . See also this  article  for more on bleaching in Chagos.

Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory; Mar.-May 2015). I have extracted RNAs, DNAs, and proteins from pocilloporid and seriatoporid coral samples collected in the British Indian Ocean Territory, but I have not yet analyzed them. The field report from LOF can be found here. See also this article for more on bleaching in Chagos.


Maldives (Mar. 2016)

Maldives (Mar. 2016)


Dongsha  Atoll (Taiwan; ongoing, but not for long, as the Taiwanese government is defunding all future research there). For information on the pocilloporid coral samples collected, please download this  file .

Dongsha Atoll (Taiwan; ongoing, but not for long, as the Taiwanese government is defunding all future research there). For information on the pocilloporid coral samples collected, please download this file.


Philippines (ongoing)

Philippines (ongoing)

Indonesia (Maluku; ongoing)

Indonesia (Maluku; ongoing)