Guana Island Research Film Documents “French Grunt” Behaviors in the BVI

Fascinating link from Lianna Jarecki, the coordinator of the well-respected science programs at Guana Island, in the British Virgin Islands. Maybe it’s just the geek in me, but I really think these projects that convey how science is done are really important to STEM education, especially in small islands where “science” may seem to be exclusive to continental areas.

From: Lianna Jarecki <liannaj>

Subject: Guana Island Coral Reef Research Film

Date: October 23, 2015 at 12:45:06 PM EDT

Guana Science scientist Paul Sikkel came to Guana this past summer with documentary film-maker Jennifer Berglund (Harvard Museum) to produce educational videos of Paul’s research discoveries. The resulting video shows the daily migration of French Grunts to and from Guana’s White Bay reefs and the parasites that drive this migration, according to Paul’s research findings. All the footage is taken on Guana. The reef looks terrible, I know, but one of our replanted Elkhorn corals is shown. And Paul mentions his finding that more live corals equals fewer parasites.

The video can be viewed at

Jennifer is now working on a second video about Guana’s Marine Science Program.


About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands and the Chesapeake Bay; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 52 years to the late Kincey Burdett Potter (see President of the now-sunsetting Island Resources Foundation.
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