University Projects

The Buccoo Reef Trust facilitates postgraduate and undergraduate university students in executing the research/fieldwork components of their degrees. The projects are designed by the students, in collaboration with the Director of Marine Resources and Fisheries of the THA, to ensure that they are relevant to the needs of the island. Following is a list of students and the titles of their research projects. Summaries of the projects are available online where indicated, and complete documents of all projects are available in the Buccoo Reef Trust library.


Claire Standley (Oxford University) – Assessment whether Reef Check is adequately representing the important suite of species with socioeconomic value to the tourism industry.

Winston Cowie (Oxford University) – Why have attempts at public participation in the management of Buccoo Reef Marine Park failed?

James Foley (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – Influence of local anthropogenic terrestrial runoff on energy subsidies and trophic dynamics of coral reefs in Tobago.

Undergraduate Field Course (University of New England) – Ecology and Conservation of the Caribbean (4 credits). Led by Dr. Richard Langton and Dr. Jerri Fox.


Chris Bentley (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – The Effect of Remoteness on Recruitment of Reef Fish to Artificial Reef Modules.

Rosie Carr (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – The Status of Elkhorn Coral, Acropora palmata in Tobago.

Emma Doherty (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – An Initial Assessment of the Physical, Ecological and Social Aspects of Petit Trou Mangroves, Tobago, and Possible Management Options for its Current Development.

Jessica Fry (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – The Role of Herbivory in Controlling the Coral-Algal Phase-Shift on Nutrient Impacted Reefs.

David Griffiths (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – Anthropogenic physical damage to coral reefs in Tobago.

Laura Robinson (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – Habitat Controls on Fish Population Structure on Artificial Reefs.

Charlotte Matthews (King’s College, London) – Assessment of video transect and CPCe methodology as a useful management tool for coral monitoring in Tobago.

Melanie Broadhurst (Napier University, Edinburgh) – The Population Dynamics of Acropora palmata South West Tobago 2005.

Adaoma Wosu (Oxford University) – Stakeholder use of Buccoo Reef Marine Park, Tobago: Incorporating socioeconomic analysis into MPA management using GIS as a tool.

Marie-Ann Chambers (Oxford University)

Gillian M. John (UWI, Cave Hill) – Quantitative Characterisation of Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution in the Vicinity of the Buccoo Reef Marine Park, Tobago.

Alison Ashlin (University of Oxford) – Is Conservation Education Effective? A Case Study in Tobago.


Lucy Gallagher-Freymuth (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – The potential of tourism for funding marine protected areas in tropical countries: a case study of the Buccoo Reef Marine Park and the Speyside Reefs Marine Park (proposed) in Tobago.

Joel Kimber – Relative value of large fish to fishing and ecotourism in Tobago. (Not Available)

Munirih Mancey (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – Marine Protected Areas, stakeholder response and resource use: a comparison of two areas in Tobago.

Laure-Coraline de Lassasie (University Wales, Bangor) – Recruitment and culture of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus). (Not Available)

Ronan Roche (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) – Use of coral cores as indicators of coastal pollution and reef health.