Science & Research

Science is the foundation of all of our work. 

We use research, monitoring, and scientific analysis to further our policy positions and objectives. We not only stay on top of the latest research in our fields, but also produce novel peer-reviewed literature and sample the waterways for fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) every week.

Miami Waterkeeper's peer reviewed scientific publications:

Cunning, R., Silverstein, R. N., Barnes, B. B., & Baker, A. C. (2019). Extensive coral mortality and critical habitat loss following dredging and their association with remotely-sensed sediment plumes. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 145, 185–199.

Cunning, R., Silverstein, R.N. & Baker, A.C.(2018). Symbiont shuffling linked to differential photochemical dynamics of Symbiodinium in three Caribbean reef corals. Coral Reefs 37: 145. ** Winner: Best paper of the year in the Journal Coral Reefs**

Cunning JR, Silverstein R, Baker AC (2018) Symbiont shuffling linked to differential photochemical dynamics of Symbiodinium in three Caribbean reef corals Coral Reefs 37: 145-152.

Silverstein et al. (2017) Tenacious D: Symbiodinium in clade D remain in reef corals at both high and low temperature extremes despite impairmentJournal of Experimental Biology.

Pelc et al. (2015) Further action on bycatch could boost United States fisheries performance. Marine Policy 56:56-60.

Barnes et al. (2015) Sediment plumes induced by the Port of Miami dredging: Analysis and interpretation using Landsat and MODIS dataRemote Sensing of Environment 170: 328-339.

Silverstein R, Cunning JR, Baker AC (2014) Change in algal symbiont communities after bleaching, not prior heat exposure, increases heat tolerance of reef coralsGlobal Change Biology 21: 236-249.


We also conduct technical scientific reviews of government or contractor reports. 

Technical Scientific Reviews