The Bahamas National Trust hosted its first ever science conference at the College of The Bahamas. Scientists came from all over the world to talk about research they were conducting in The Bahamas. The talks were fascinating and it was an important forum where students, scientists, Bahamians, and Americans shared their knowledge of The Bahamian environment. This will hopefully be the first of many to come and form a long awaited collaborative research environment. Already the BNT seemed very eager to work with many scientists that presented at the conference, which will be crucial for sharing this marine knowledge with Bahamians. There are so many research stations that belong to foreign institutes and while most do incorporate Bahamians, this research conference will hopefully form the platform that is needed to spread this knowledge and encourage Bahamians to play a stronger role in their environment. Nikita was one of the Bahamian scientists that spoek and she talked about the YME method and how that was interwoven with a new project that she is working on. Her project “Empowering Youth through Coral Conservation” conducts work on EDGE coral species particular Dendrogyra cylindrus. EDGE species are Evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered and are truly the worlds most extraordinary threatened species. Nikita spoke about her mission to engage youth in conservation of this and many other threatened coral species.
The YME Team
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