Shay Viehman, PhD

Research Ecologist
Beaufort Laboratory
Coastal Resilience, Restoration and Assessment

Viehman's research takes a quantitative approach to the applied spatio-temporal ecology of tropical coral disturbance and recovery. Current research topics include the role of coral reef restoration for coastal hazard risk reduction, coral spatial ecology and species distributions, the assessment of temporal change on coral reefs (e.g., hurricanes, restoration), quantitative approaches to monitoring coral reef ecosystems and restorations, and the effects of physical processes on coral reefs.

Viehman has over 20 years of experience in Caribbean coral reef ecology. She has been with NCCOS since 2004. She was previously a biologist and research coordinator with the National Park Service at Biscayne National Park and an environmental educator in the FL Keys, where she began her career with research on coral restoration and disease.

Viehman has a Ph.D. in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University, a M.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida International University, and a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University.


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