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Webinar: Recent Coral Response Events and the Need for Integrated Response Planning


March 5th 2024 | 15:00 UTC

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Recent Coral Response Events and the Need for Integrated Response Planning

General information

Recent coral response events have highlighted the urgent need for integrated response planning to address the threats facing coral reefs. With coral bleaching, disease outbreaks, and other stressors on the rise due to climate change and human activities, coordinated efforts among scientists, policymakers, conservationists, and local communities are essential to mitigate the impacts and ensure the long-term survival of these vital ecosystems. Integrated response planning aims to synergize research, conservation actions, and policy measures to enhance coral resilience and facilitate adaptive management strategies in the face of ongoing environmental challenges.

During this one-hour webinar you will hear about response efforts including coral bleaching and Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, with experts sharing overviews of their coordination efforts and lessons learned.

The meeting will be recorded.


English with Spanish Interpretation


Should you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact the ICRI Secretariat

Tuesday 5th March 2024


Opening and Housekeeping 

 ICRI Secretariat

Welcoming Remarks 

 ICRI Co-Chair
Jennifer Koss, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation programme & ICRI Co-Chair

Stony Coral Tissue loss Disease (SCTLD) (.pdf)

Caroline McLaughlin, Florida Sea Grant / NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Invasive Species: Lionfish Management in Mexico (.pdf)

Maria Del Carmen García Rivas, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales · Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos

The Coral Bleaching Toolkit (.pdf)

Andrea Rivera-Sosa, CORAL Reef Alliance

The need for post-bleaching monitoring efforts focusing on the causation of coral mortality (.pdf)

Derek Manzello, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program 

Management actions taken in the U.S. in response to the 2023 El Nino event (.pdf)

Jennifer Moore, Threatened Coral Recovery Coordinator, NOAA

Questions and Answers Session

Moderator, ICRI Secretariat

Concluding Remarks

Jennifer Koss, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and ICRI Co-Chair

Speaker Biographies

Jennifer Koss
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and ICRI Co-Chair

Jennifer is the director of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program in 2015, creating an ambitious vision and strategic plan for coral conservation and management efforts at NOAA. She also holds key national and international positions as the Steering Committee Co-Chair of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, Co-Chair of the International Coral Reef Initiative, chair of the Global Coral reef Monitoring Network Steering Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Coral Research and Development Accelerator Program (CORDAP), Jennifer is a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program and has legislative experience serving two years in Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s (D-HI) Office.

Caroline McLaughlin
Florida Sea Grant / NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Caroline McLaughlin serves as the National Coral Disease Coordinator with Florida Sea Grant in partnership with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. Caroline has more than a decade of experience in the conservation sector, an academic background in environmental science and policy, and significant experience working to enhance the resilience of coral reefs. Most recently, she worked with the National Parks Conservation Association as the Associate Director of the Sun Coast Region, covering Florida, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Louisiana, and has worked on invasive species management with the National Park Service, shark research with the University of Miami, and ecological connectivity along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast

Andrea Rivera-Sosa
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)

Andrea Rivera-Sosa, Ph.D., is a marine biologist who studied coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, Moorea, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Mesoamerican region. She is a diver, reef monitor, and trainer on coral bleaching, stressors, and ecology. She received her doctoral degree in marine science at CINVESTAV, México. Andrea is Coral Reef Alliance’s (CORAL) Project and Outreach Manager for the Global Conservation Science program, where she works with multiple groups worldwide to monitor coral bleaching and collaborates with conservation scientists globally to improve the Allen Coral Atlas bleaching detection features and coordinate on-the-ground responses.

Derek Manzello
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program 

Dr. Derek Manzello is a coral reef ecologist, with a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami, and is the Coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program, an effort focused on the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems through satellite and in situ observations. Coral Reef Watch uses NOAA satellite data to monitor environmental conditions that lead to coral bleaching and other marine ecological disturbances. Dr. Manzello has published on multiple topics in coral reef ecology, and he regularly conducts research that spans the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geology. His primary research interest is understanding the impact of climate change and ocean acidification to coral reef ecosystems.

Jennifer Moore
Threatened Coral Recovery Coordinator, NOAA

Jennifer has worked on the conservation of Caribbean corals her entire career since joining NOAA in 2003 and listed the first-ever corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2006.  Most recently Jennifer has been coordinating responses to the several disasters affecting Caribbean corals – Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the FL Reef Tract Coral Disease Outbreak.  Jennifer is also the Southeast Region’s point of contact for Emergency Consultation under the ESA for Southeast Florida and the US Caribbean.

María del Carmen García Rivas
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales · Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos

María del Carmen García Rivas is a researcher and ranger with 25 years’ experience working with communities to protect wildlife and restore ecosystems. Dr García Rivas received the Kenton R. Miller Award for her leadership of the Hurricane Insurance Project in Puerto Morelos National Park and her role as a role model for other women rangers and conservation professionals. She was one of Mexico’s first female diving instructors, and amongst the first women to work with the country’s fishermen and navy.

Margaux Monfared
International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat

Margaux has experience in managing and organising marine conservation projects in diverse reef environments around the world, including Honduras, Cambodia, and the Maldives. Her experience focused on increasing coral reef resilience to climate change. Margaux’s most recent research focused on the reproductive patterns of Acropora in the Maldives, as well as coupling asexual propagation methodologies with the use of coral larvae for restoration. Margaux joined the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat in May 2023 and supports ICRI’s members in the implementation of the Plan of Action 2021 – 2024: Turning the Tide for Coral Reefs.


In recent years, coral reefs worldwide have faced unprecedented challenges due to a combination of factors including climate change, pollution, and overfishing. In response to the urgent need for action, various resources have been developed to address recent coral response events and the critical necessity for integrated response planning.

Please note this is a summary of some of the resources available.

If you have any resources that you would like to feature in relation to this webinar topic, please contact the ICRI Secretariat.


General Disturbance Response Resources


Coral Bleaching

Coral Disease

Lionfish Management

Predator Outbreaks