NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Ecosystem Science Evaluation

The 2016 NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Ecosystem Science Evaluation is structured to determine the quality and usefulness of the program’s products and information.
A panel will be convened to investigate the

  1. Accessibility of the information to coral reef managers and policy makers,
  2. How helpful these products are for coastal management decision makers, and
  3. How the data, information, and services are used to support coral reef conservation.

Information from this evaluation is part of a larger Coral Reef Conservation Program analyses that will be used to structure future resource allocations. This evaluation will assess the quality, performance, and utility of the information and products produced by Coral Reef Conservation Program-funded ecosystem science projects and programs. As part of the analysis, information will be provided regarding program investments intended to create a better understanding of coral reef status and trends, address ecosystem level questions, and provide a better understanding of ecosystem dynamics and processes and their responses to ecological stressors. This review covers NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program ecosystem science only.

The review panel consists of experts from within and outside NOAA. The review will include background materials, presentations by scientists, extended discussion sessions, and opportunities for public comment. Independent review reports from the panelists and the program’s response, including an action plan for program adjustments based on panelists' recommendations, will be made available on the Coral Program’s website.

Reviewer Affiliation
Roger Beeden, Ph.D. Director - Tourism and Stewardship,Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Athline Clark, Ph.D. NOAA Superintendent, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Melanie McField, Ph.D. Coordinator, Healthy Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem Initiative, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Sharon Mesick Chief, Coasts, Oceans, & Geophysics Information Services, and Coastal Data Development Program Manager, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
Caroline S Rogers, Ph.D Research Biologist, USGS Caribbean Field Station Marine Ecologist, Southeast Ecological Science Center
Robert Van Woesik, Ph.D. Professor, Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology


Meeting Materials



August 23 - 25, 2016


One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910