News & Events

Details of activities involving personnel in the Centre and links to marine-related events.


Discovery Bay Marine Lab celebrates 50 years!
This year (April 2018) marked the 50th anniversary of the Discovery Bay Marine Lab in its present location. DBML's milestone was celebrated by past and present staff, researchers as well as friends with a week of activities from the 22nd to the 29th of April.

Activities included a commemorative Church Service at the Salem Baptist Church, a Lionfish Culling Competition, Staff and Family Fun Day, as well as a Special Session at the 11th Science and Technology Faculty Conference. Staff also visited the Discovery Bay All Age School to create a vegetable garden and a plastic bottle recycling enclosure. The week’s highlight was the Open Day where over 600 members of the community were welcomed at the Lab, where they were exposed to current and past research through facility and boat tours as well as displays of live and preserved specimen. Displays were also set up by organizations which have partnered with the DBML throughout the years such as Noranda Bauxite Partners, Alloa Fisherman’s Cooperative, CL Environmental, US Peace corps and NEPA.

The week culminated with an awards ceremony honouring the contributions of directors, overseas groups, benefactors and long-serving staff.

To date, the lab has had an impact in over 17 countries across the world. DBML has built a reputation across the world for pioneering research in Coral reef biology/ecology and supporting UWI researchers and students as well as those from overseas institutions. At its peak the DBML supported the production of over 20 publications per year and as many as 32 visiting overseas institutions per year.

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Dr. Dayne Buddo resigns as Academic Coordinator, DBML
Dr. Dayne Buddo has resigned as Academic Coordinator at DBML to take up the post of CEO for the Alligator Head Foundation. We wish Dayne the best of luck!

The EFJ’s FCF Discovery Centre Boardwalk opens at DBML
The launch of the EFJ’s FCF Discovery Centre Boardwalk represents the first phase of a visitor centre called “The Discovery Centre”. The project was funded by a then Forest Conservation Fund (FCF) grant with goals relating to demonstrating how the sustainable development of our coastal resources can be achieved while conserving habitat quality and diversity. The boardwalk traverses a large section of limestone forest found at the DBML and will allow for the exposure of visitors to the value of limestone forests as well as other habitats that will form part of our future visitor centre.

The EFJ’s FCF Discovery Centre Boardwalk officially opened on Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Dr. Mona Webber promoted to the rank of Professor
Dr. Mona Webber, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, and Director of the Centre for Marine Sciences, was promoted to the rank of Professor with effect from January 21, 2016.

New CMS Director
Dr. Mona Webber has been appointed the new Director of CMS, following Prof. Dale Webber's departure to take up the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research.


April 2014

The University of the West Indies was fortunate enough to partner with TBA21 to establish the Alligator Head Marine Lab in order to conduct re-search on the marine environ-ment in the eastern section of the island. The launch of this collaboration, which will facilitate and greatly enhance our ability to fill the data gaps that have been previously identified, is featured in this issue of the CMS Newsletter.

In this isssue:
  • UWI’s 3rd Marine Lab established in Portland
  • Coastal Management in Jamaica: Monitoring, Mentoring and Modeling
  • Research Days 2014
  • Introduction to the AGRRA Benthic & Coral Protocols Workshop
  • Proceedings of AMLC's 36th Scientific Meeting
  • Ecosystem Valuation Publication
  • Spotlight on Staff
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October 2013

This issue of the CMS Newsletter features the highlights of the AMLC 36th Scientific Meeting held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and hosted by the CMS/DBML. This 36th Scientific Meeting represented a reunion for some persons and a re-visit of old research sites for others.

In this isssue:
  • Plenary Speakers
  • Panel Discussion
  • AMLC Student Awards
  • CMS/DBML Conference Team
  • Overview of the AMLC 36th Scientific Meeting
  • Presentations by UWI Staff and Students
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February 2013

This issue of the CMS Newsletter features Professor Dale Webber's presentation at the 2013 UWI Research Days. Entitled "Funding Environmental Research at the UWI: an investment in the Future", the talk highlighted the role of environmental research in the UWI 2012 to 2017 strategic plan. Professor Webber provided evidence of continued UWI support for research despite reducing government contributions and fluctuating external grant opportunities over the past five years.

In this isssue:
  • Funding Environmental Research at the UWI:
    an investment in the Future
  • Lionfish featured at Rainforest Seafood Festival
  • Restoration of Critical Coastal Areas Project
  • Seagrass Restoration Project
  • New HYTECH Hyperbaric Chamber at DBML
  • Launch of Regional Digital Repository Database
  • Research Day 2013
  • Meet some of our Scientific Officers
  • Where are they now?
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Eco-camp 2018 flyer Summer Eco-Camp 2018
This July, the DBML will be abuzz with activities due mainly to the young participants in our Summer Eco-Camp. Each year the youngsters are treated to three weeks (one week per age class) of exciting, fun-filled and environmentally-focused educational activities, based on a chosen theme.
For 2018, the Camp will run from July 8 to July 27 with the theme "Science Raiders...Age of Exploration"... more details »
Water, Energy and Climate Conference
21-23 May 2014 • Mexico City, Mexico
Solving the interlinked challenges of urban water, energy and climate is critical for cities of the future to prosper. The IWA Water, Energy and Climate Conference 2014: Solutions for Future Water Security (IWA WEC) is an opportunity to bring together knowledge from across the globe to share experiences and information, enable collaboration and build new partnerships. The event... full details »
Oceans & Human Health: Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastal Communities and Ecosystems
1-6 June 2014 • Biddeford, Maine, USA
Oceans and Human Health (OHH) is an interdisciplinary field of study that has fostered collaborative activities among biomedical and oceanographic researchers and trainees in a coordinated fashion for over a decade. The theme of the 2014 GRC in OHH is "Anthropogenic impacts on coastal communities and ecosystems". Anthropogenic, or human-induced, impacts on the oceans include the discharge of contaminants and the impacts of human activities... full details »
3rd International Marine Conservation Congress: Making Marine Science Matter
14-18 August 2014 • Glasgow, Scotland
To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.... full article »