Dr. Stacey Williams, who lives in Lajas, Puerto Rico, received her doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico in 2010. For her doctorate research, she studied the distribution of larvae and post-larval settlers of a keystone herbivore, the long-spined sea urchin, Diadema antillarum.
Dr. Williams is an experienced benthic ecologist who has evaluated the coral reef status at more than 200 reefs in 15 Caribbean countries. She has focused her research on the distribution of benthic organisms (corals, sponges, and octocorals) on coral reefs and their interactions between the environment. In Puerto Rico, she is the Principal Investigator for the Diadema restoration project, where she takes a novel approach to enhance the sea urchin populations on coral reefs. Stacey has extensive experience in culturing marine organisms in a laboratory environment and has been successful in restocking the Diadema populations in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. She is currently a Co-PI of a conservation project to protect parrotfishes in The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic and a PI of an NOAA CRCP funded project to assess the impacts of the invasive seagrass, Halophila stipulacea, and two major hurricanes on the distribution of native seagrass communities in Culebra Island, Puerto Rico.
Stacey Williams will be presenting on October 17th, 2018. We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!