Alannah Vellacott

Alannah is a Bahamian marine ecologist with 11 years of experience working in marine research, conservation and education in The Bahamas and The Caribbean. She is currently the Coral Restoration Specialist at Coral Vita, and a member of Diving With A Purpose.

Alannah was a former Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar (BES Scholar) through Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF). This awarded her a full scholarship to attend the Island School in Eleuthera and participate in a 6-month, paid internship at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. This experience spring-boarded, Alannah’s career in marine research and conservation. Since then, she has made the rounds working and volunteering for non-profit environmental conservation organizations including the Cape Eleuthera Institute, BREEF, the Bahamas National Trust, Community Conch, The Nature Conservancy and most recently, Perry Institute for Marine Science.

A PADI OWSI with 17 years of experience in diving, Alannah has travelled The Bahamas and The Caribbean working on a variety of marine research and outreach projects. Some of her experiences include conducting AGRRA coral and fish surveys, establishing coral nurseries, outplanting nursery-grown corals back onto coral reefs, shark, conch and reef health research and even shipwreck mapping and blue hole ethnography. Alannah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in with emphasis in Ecology in 2017 at South Dakota State University and plans to pursue a graduate’s degree in Marine Ecology in the near future.


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Research Participation Expand

Lucayan National Park Coral Nursery Installation, 2018

Seafari Coral Nursery Installation, 2018

ANCAT Coral Nursery Installation, 2018

Fowl Cays National Park Coral Nursery Installation, 2017

Rapid Ecological Assessments – AGRRA Coral & Fish Protocol 2012 – 2019

The Nature Conservancy Coral Fragmentation and Coral Nursery Installation & Maintenance, 2011-2016

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Global Reef Expedition, 2011

Community Conch Queen Conch (Lobatas gigas) density surveys in The Bahamas, 2010 – 2011.

Brooks E.J., Mandelman J.W., Sloman K.A., Liss S., Danylchuk A.J., Cooke S.J., Skomal G.B., Philipp D.P., Sims D.W. and Suski C.D. (2011). The physiological response of the Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) to longline capture. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology. 162: 94-100.

Brooks E.J., Sims D.W., Danylchuk A. and Sloman K. (2013). Seasonal abundance, philopatry and demographic structure of Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) assemblages in the north-east Exuma Sound, The Bahamas. Marine Biology. 160: 2535-2546.

Brooks E.J., Sloman K., Liss S., Hassan-Hassanein L., Danylchuk A.J., Cooke S.J., Mandelman J., Skomal G., Sims D. and Suski C. (2011). The stress physiology of extended duration tonic immobility in the juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris Poey). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 409: 351-360.

Brooks E J., Sloman K.A., Sims D.W. and Danylchuk A.J. (2011). Validating the use of baited remote underwater video surveys for assessing the diversity, distribution and abundance of sharks in the Bahamas. Endangered Species Research. 13: 231-243.

Bruckner, A. (2011) Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation 2011 Coral Reef Assessment Cay Sal, April 2011. Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Landover MD, 52 pp.

Dahlgren, C., Kramer, P.R., Lang, J., and Sherman, K. (2014). New Providence and Rose Island, Bahamas 2014 Coral Reef Report Card.

Dahlgren C., Sherman K., Lang J., Kramer P.R. and Marks K. (2016). Bahamas Coral Reef Report Card Volume 1: 2011–2013.

Deleveaux, V. K. W., Kramer, P., Richards Kramer, P., Schill, S. (2013). Southeastern Bahamas Coral Reef & Island Survey Rapid Ecological Assessment Report June 2013.

Stoner A., Davis M. (2010). Queen conch stock assessment: Historical fishing grounds, Andros Island, June 2010. Technical Report to The Nature Conservancy, Northern Caribbean Office, Nassau, The Bahamas. Retrieved from:

Stoner A., Davis M., Booker C. (2011). Surveys of Queen Conch Populations and Reproductive Biology at Lee Stocking Island and the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, The Bahamas, July 2011. Retrieved from:

Wise S. (2010). Shifting Grounds in the Ephemeral Islands: Perceptions and Awareness of Climate Change in Andros Island the Bahamas. UNESCO. Retrieved from the Climate Frontlines website: Publications Expand

Brooks E.J., Oronti A., Wilchombe J., Vellacott A., Berry C., Danylchuck A. (2009, July). Are baited remote underwater video surveys (BRUVS) an alternative to conventional long line surveys for determining the diversity and relative abundance of sharks?. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, Portland, Oregon.

Dawson H., Finkernagel C., Rayburn I., Rich O., Thompson T., Vellacott A. (2008, December). How do dissolved oxygen concentrations in livewells affect bonefish?. Poster session presented at The Island School Research Symposium, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Special Skills & Certifications Expand

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

PADI Reef Rescue Specialty Instructor

PADI Underwater Archeology Specialty

PADI Drysuit orientation

Emergency First Responder Instructor

Atlantic & Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Coral Protocol Trainer

Atlantic & Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Fish Protocol Surveyor

AAUS scientific diver

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