Experience: 4 years
Specialization: Marine Biology, Coral Restoration, SCUBA Fieldwork
JD Reinbott joined the Keys Marine Lab team in November of 2021 as a Biological Scientist. During his time as a Marine Science and Aquaculture/Aquarium Science student at the University of New England, JD stumbled upon a coral biology course where he quickly discovered his passion for reef ecosystems. After the course’s class trip to Belize, he soon found himself traveling back to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System to work off-grid within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. While living in Mexico, JD undertook benthic AGGRA surveys where he collected various metrics on coral population abundance, predation, and disease/bleaching events all of which were then reported to CONANP and Amigos de Sian Ka’an. After returning from Mexico, JD spent a year interning with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) in Tavernier, FL to obtain a further understanding of the multifaceted field that is coral restoration. He took this knowledge and practical application to help with the establishment of Marine Conservation Costa Rica (MCCR), a nonprofit organization located in Quepos, Costa Rica. Outside of his time with MCCR, JD concurrently obtained and actively worked as a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer with a heavy focus on conservation-based specialties. He came back to the Florida Keys in 2020 as the Volunteer Coordinator for CRF where he directly managed the formal long term volunteer program and oversaw the interviewing, onboarding and scheduling logistics for the internship. JD is excited to continue to support work that underpins the protection of the multiple ecosystems found throughout the Southern Florida area and more specifically the Florida Reef Tract region.