The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) has announced a limited number of openings in its unique “Dive With a Researcher Program” program. This innovative opportunity provides certified scuba divers with a chance to dive and gather data alongside a working scientist.

According to Dr. Carrie Manfrino, President and Director of Research at CCMI, “There is a certain fascination and mystery about aquatic research. Divers have long asked us questions about how we conduct our research, the type of training and techniques that we use and other diverse questions. We developed the “Dive With a Researcher Program” program to give divers a chance to experience the research process first-hand. The response has been overwhelming and we’re looking forward to doing more in the coming months.”

Dr. Manfrino outlined multiple opportunities for divers that include:
• Function of Fluorescent Proteins in Corals presented May 3-9, 2008
• Search for Invasive Species presented May 10-17, 2008
• Searching for Lobsters presented August 2-8, 2008
• Herbivorous Fish & Reef Resiliency August 9-15, 2008

CCMI research provides important insights into the regional and global decline of coral reefs and tropical habitats. In 2008, the projects continue to focus on coral reef disease and coral reef regeneration potential. Participants in the “Dive With a Researcher Program” must be certified scuba divers and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For details on the program, visit the CCMI website: The CCMI website also contains additional important details,