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Ideally situated in the United States Virgin Islands, the Center for Marine & Environmental Studies (CMES) was established in 1999 with the mission to offer students and researchers a dynamic atmosphere to study tropical marine and environmental issues and increase awareness about marine topics in the VI. Located within the University of the Virgin Islands, CMES is a research and outreach arm of UVI's Marine Science Program.

- CMES Highlights: Coral Disease -

coral disease

Known as Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, the mysterious pathogen has destroyed massive parts of the Florida Reef Track since it was first discovered in September 2014. It is an unusually aggressive disease, affecting hundreds of different species and spreading quickly. Its progress has been watched with trepidation not only by environmentalists but by tourism officials and fishing and marine interests. Dr. Marilyn Brandt, a coral research and professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, discovered diseased and newly dead coral at Flat Cay off the west end of St. Thomas. There is no laboratory test to confirm SCTLD, but Brandt and other marine scientists determined its presence based on its characteristic symptoms. Click here to read more. 

- Research/Outreach Facilities -

Department / Program 

Contact / Lead


Phone Number 

MacLean Marine Science
Center - CMES
Dr. Paul Jobsis 340-693-1381
Institute for Geocomputational
Analysis and Statistics
Environmental Anaylsis Lab  Sydney Nick
Virgin Islands Environmental
Resource Station (VIERS)
Tricia Hopkins N/A 340-776-6741
Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service  Howard Forbes Jr. (St. Thomas)
Marcia Taylor (St. Croix) 

- Contact Us -

Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1381               Fax: (340) 693-1385
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Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802