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STEM CARIB
Conference 2018

October 9-12, 2018

Katie Correia

CCMI Science and Education Manager

Katie came to the Cayman Islands in February 2016 to join The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) team as their Education and Outreach Instructor. From there she went on to become CCMI’s Science Programme Coordinator and Diving Officer to her current position as CCMI’s Science and Education Manager. She has a B.S. Degree in Marine Science and Coastal Geology from Coastal Carolina University, USA and a M.S. Degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University, USA, which she uses when teaching each of the different education programmes coming through CCMI’s doors. In addition, Katie is an AAUS scientific diver and an SDI Open Water Scuba Instructor with specialties in solo diving, cave diving, and side-mount diving. She is responsible for the management of all educational programming at CCMI from the elementary level to high school level, university students to citizen scientists, and community volunteers. This includes the responsibility of advertisements, enrollments, lesson plan development, programme planning, and execution of each groups programme. Katie also leads CCMI’s sustainability initiative and assists with research, operations, and administration of CCMI’s Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC) as needed. Katie’s goal is to ensure that every person who comes through CCMI’s doors leaves with a better understanding and a stronger passion for our marine environment. You can learn more about the research and education programmes that CCMI offers by visiting our website here: www.reefresearch.org

Sessions

(D3): Lionfish: A Criminal Fish Investigation (CFI)
Breakout
11 October 2018 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Join Katie Correia, Science and Education Manager at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) as she guides  students on a Criminal Fish Investigation (CFI) to study the invasive and venomous, Red Lionfish. The Lionfish is a voracious apex predator sweeping the reefs of the Caribbean Sea in search of food, mates, and the perfect home. However, while the Lionfish is prowling the reefs they are eating MANY fishes along the way, declining Cayman's populations of both commercially and recreationally important fish species. Students will assist in the solving of a crime during this innovative laboratory experience by helping Katie to: Dissect a lionfish (to better understand our criminal), identify stomach contents (to better understand the victims), and match some fish fingerprints found at the scene of the crime. What is a fish fingerprint, you may ask? I guess you will have to attend this exciting break-out session to find out.

(F1): Lionfish: A Criminal Fish Investigation (CFI)
Breakout
11 October 2018 02:00 PM–03:00 PM

Join Katie Correia, Science and Education Manager at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) as she guides  students on a Criminal Fish Investigation (CFI) to study the invasive and venomous, Red Lionfish. The Lionfish is a voracious apex predator sweeping the reefs of the Caribbean Sea in search of food, mates, and the perfect home. However, while the Lionfish is prowling the reefs they are eating MANY fishes along the way, declining Cayman's populations of both commercially and recreationally important fish species. Students will assist in the solving of a crime during this innovative laboratory experience by helping Katie to: Dissect a lionfish (to better understand our criminal), identify stomach contents (to better understand the victims), and match some fish fingerprints found at the scene of the crime. What is a fish fingerprint, you may ask? I guess you will have to attend this exciting break-out session to find out.