Research Interests: Long-term history of coral reefs, early life history of corals - reef regeneration, coral reef stress and climate change
Dr. Carrie Manfrino is an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Meteorology. An oceanographer, she focuses her research on understanding the relationships between coral reef sustainability, resilience and resistance to stress. She has directed and managed regional scientific expeditions, developed and designed the multimillion dollar Little Cayman Research Centre, and holds multiple prestigious academic positions: Oceanography professor at Kean University, as well as courtesy faculty status at Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Science and the University of Florida Department of Forestry and Conservation. Dr. Manfrino is a principal investigator and partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the Little Cayman NOAA Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON).
Her research was the subject of two documentaries in 2010. Coral Reef Biodiversity was released as part of an Ocean Subscription Series by the World Ocean Observatory to museums and aquariums internationally, and Portrait of a Coral Reef was released as part of the Intel Sustainability in Action program to be shown to 80,000 Intel employees.
Her active research career has explored whether marine parks are capable of protected coral reefs and the relationships between climate change and coral reef stress. She has worked with an ROV and deep divers to evaluate the deepest extent of coral reef growth (to 500ft). Dr. Manfrino is dedicated to marine conservation and education in the Cayman Islands where she established the first concerted effort to engage local students in marine field experiences that encourages them to become involved in environmental stewardship.