Search for the Super Corals
Field Updates!

Search for the Super Corals

Providing free access for leading scientists to study corals that may hold the secret to surviving in a warming ocean

Field Updates

Our research vessel is currently on an unprecedented expedition, setting a new standard for how reef research projects are funded and conducted. Check out our Facebook page and expedition map for more updates directly from the team

4 December 2017

In Depth Look At Studying Super Corals

Dr Emma Camp and PhD candidate Sam Goyen give you a behind the scenes look at their research into the physiology of 'Super Corals'

3 December 2017

Underwater Droning

The team uses the very first Blueye Pioneer ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) in Australia to look at what is going on in the deeper parts of the reef. For more on these remarkable units check out

1 December 2017

How to Map a Coral Reef Underwater

Dr. Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero and Dr Monique Grol talk about their work mapping coral reefs

Previous Updates
Expedition Map

Our team is working hard to give you live updates of reef health at all sites we visit on our expedition! The colour of each pin represents the percentage of live coral vs. dead coral at that specific coordinate. The area sampled is a 5m diameter circle, and we will be showing you reef health surveys from between 40-100 locations! Click on the pin to see the breakdown of coral cover, a site photo, and description of wildlife sightings.

Average Coral Watch Score

Two years of historically extreme conditions have left vast areas of GBR coral impacted. This climatic event threatens an iconic Australian World Heritage site that both the tourism and fishing industry depend on. Sponsored by the Northern Escape Collection, the Australian iconic and influential band Midnight Oil, many other community supporters and the general public, GBR Legacy is leading a team of world-renowned reef scientists to collaborate on a major citizen science, super coral quest.

Free Public Symposium

Friday December 8th, 7 - 9pm
Doors open at 6pm
Hemingway's Brewery, Port Douglas

Upon return, the Great Barrier Reef Legacy team, along with the researchers from the expedition, will hold a free public symposium to share our findings. Sorry, there are no more spaces available. We will be streaming the symposium live on our Facebook page.

Meet the Team

Dr. Dean Miller

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Expedition Coordinator and Director for Science and Media

John Rumney

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Expedition Leader and Managing Director

Jaap Barendrecht

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Engineer and Dive Safety Supervisor

Christine Roper  &  Taylor Simpkins

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Great Barrier Reef Legacy and Australian Institute of Marine Science Research Interns

Kate Quigley

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Genomics and coral reproduction to assess the impacts of recent bleaching events on surviving adult corals

Jake Crosby

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Technical and media support

Paul Myers

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Skipper and expedition support

Dr. Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Cumulative effect of recurrent disturbances on the Great Barrier Reef

Dr. Ian Bell

Queensland Department of Environmental and Heritage Protection

Understanding the health and feeding areas of green turtles nesting in the norther Great Barrier Reef

Dr. Emma Camp

University of Technology Sydney, Climate Change Cluster

Identifying physiological traits as “key performance indicators” of coral health, and finding hot-spots of coral resilience within the Great Barrier Reef to unlock secrets to future reef security.

Dr. Monique Grol

The University of Queensland, Queensland Brain Institute

Coral health assessment using the CoralWatch Coral Health Chart & Habitat mapping of 3000 shallow reefs.

Dr. Neal Cantin

Australian Institute of Marine Science

The genetic and reproductive consequences of mass bleaching on natural populations

Dr. Javier Leon

University of the Sunshine Coast

Mapping the morphology and health of coral reefs: the project aims to semi-automatically classify and map coral growth form and bleaching conditions using very-high resolution imagery derived from drones

Dr. Emre Turak  &  Dr. Charlie Veron

Coral ID Team

Coral reef research: identifying super coral species to determine which species of coral are least prone to bleaching

Dr. Tony Ayling

Sea Research

Reef fish status on severely bleached reefs: long term changes in selected fish populations of the Far North section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Dr. Chris Roelfsema

The University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Great Barrier Reef Habitat Mapping Project: Developing one contiguous detailed baseline map of the shallow reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, characterizing bathymetry, geomorphological zones and benthic habitat type

Zachery Rago

'Coral Nerd' from the Netflix Original Documentary, Chasing Coral

Jenna Rumney

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Expedition support and social media

Barbara Genedics


Award winning chef, who loves the ocean and is passionate about helping to save the reef

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Our Mission

GBR Legacy will change the way the Great Barrier Reef is understood and protected by operating the reef's only independent research vessel


• Coral reefs worldwide are in decline
• Vessel access is limited and expensive
• Immediate research, innovation, education and communication are needed
• Users who need to access the reef require a cost effective alternative


With public, private and corporate funding, we will be the Great Barrier Reef's
• Floating laboratory
• Interactive classroom
• Multimedia powerhouse
• Platform for collaboration


We will make spaces available to:
• Scientists and Innovators
• Students and Educators
• Partner Organisations
• Media Professionals
• Citizen Scientists


GBR Legacy Launched

  • Initial Planning
  • Partnerships Established
  • Initial Funding
  • $30,000 Crowdfunding
  • $15,000 Private Donors
Super Corals

  • 21 day expedition, November 2017
  • Far North Great Barrier Reef
  • Free access for 10 leading scientists given
  • Vessel secured
  • $160,000 funding received
  • Further $80,000 operating costs needed. Donate Now
A Year on the Reef

  • 32 weeks at sea
  • 640 free spaces available to scientists, educators, partner organisations and the public per year
  • 1 year's use of a $2,000,000 vessel gifted
  • Seeking $1,500,000 operating costs. Contribute
Our Own Vessel

  • 64 weeks at sea
  • 1,280 free spaces available to scientists, educators, partner organisations and the public
  • Seeking $2,000,000 to purchase vessel
  • Seeking $3,000,000 to cover the first 2 years of operation Contribute

Our Supporters

Major financial partner

Northern Escape

Project partners

Climate Council Mission Blue Australian Marine Conservation Society Tangaroa Blue Coral Watch Mangrove Watch Reef Ecologic Cairns and Far North Environment Centre Ocean Geographic Sea Turtle Foundation Reef Restoration Foundation Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Low Isles Preservation Society

Supporting research from

Australian Institute of Marine Science Coral Watch Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority University of Technology Sydney James Cook University Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services University of Queensland University of the Sunshine Coast XL Catlin Seaview Survey Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Corals of the World Museums Victoria

In-kind support

Lotsa Printing Australian Geographic Australian Geographic Society The Reef Marina Warp Brands Brand Tree Creative Tones Ports North Cairns Signs Blueye Seagate Aroona Flying Fish QNAP Freestyle Port Douglas NETGEAR On Deck Catering 666 Marine Macpac Hemingway's Brewery Midnight Oil Total Food Network Botanical Chemist Canon Australia Hinterland Aviation Survitec Group Pro Dive Cairns Dean Miller Eye to Eye Marine Encounters Sony ATV Spire

Small business champions

Coffee 21 Snapshot Camera Hire Deep Blue Digital Lady Musgrave Experience Daintree Wonder Tours Daintree Ice Cream Company Samadhi Soul Massage Therapies Tāpoi Travel Ocean Freedom Just Purple Barrier Reef Brewing Company Port Douglas Watersports and Beach Hire Daintree River Cruise Centre Seastar Cruises Fish Paradise App - Orca Studio Port Douglas 2nd Hand Port Douglas Stationery Hub Whimsy Beads

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