McGill University’s Bellairs Research Institute excels at Caribbean reef and sea studies

Barbados Reef Research

“Bellairs Research Institute is Canada’s only teaching and research facility in the tropics. The Institute was founded and endowed in 1954 by the late Commander Carlyon W. Bellairs to provide a facility through which staff at McGill might develop a scholarly interest in the tropics. Located in Holetown, Barbados, it plays host to students and scientists from around the world for field courses, workshops and research projects involving both marine and terrestrial environments.”

You see many folks from Bellairs in Holetown and Friday nights at Oistins. If I ever knew that the place has been around since 1954 I had forgotten. It must be a plum assignment for Canadian university students especially in the middle of winter!

Google news alerts sent us the latest article by a Bellairs researcher, so I thought I’d post the link. It’s actually quite interesting about how the reefs are little communities where the interactions between the different life forms aren’t always as they seem.

Live Science Article: Reef Parasites: Predator or Scapegoat

Bellairs Research Institute website

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