Krista D. Sherman
PhD Student


Prior to coming to Exeter, I worked as Global Environment Facility (GEF) Full Size Project (FSP) Coordinator for pilot demonstration 3 – “Sustainable Tourism and Coral Reef Health in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park” and Science Officer for the Bahamas National Trust. My research experience includes monitoring the health of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass habitats, assessing the impacts of invasive lionfish on native species and conducting Rapid Ecological Assessments (REAs) for proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Examples of specific national research projects I’ve been involved with include the GEF FSP pilots 1-3, the Bahamas leg of the Global Reef Expedition funded by the Living Ocean’s Foundation, the Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIAISC) project and coral restoration under the Blue Project Foundation.

My PhD research aims to improve our understanding of population structure, dynamics and physiology of Nassau grouper spawning aggregations using molecular techniques. This information is crucial to advance conservation efforts and establish best management practices for a key fishery species in The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean. My long-term professional goal is to be actively engaged in designing and driving research that would improve conservation management for coral reef ecology and fisheries resources in The Bahamas.


Free diving, SCUBA diving, traveling, dancing, exercising, rock climbing, water sports, music & reading

Broad research specialisms:

Fish physiology and ecology, coral reef ecology, conservation management, invasive species ecology, population genetics


MRes Ocean Science (University of Southampton, UK)
BSc (Hons) Marine Science with a minor in Spanish (Jacksonville University, USA)

Contact details

AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
OfficeLab 201

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