Nizam Ibrahim

Nizam Ibrahim

Master of Marine Science and Management


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Worked on the long-term monitoring of Maldives coral reefs from 2015 to 2021 in the Maldives Marine Research Institute. Lead the monitoring efforts across the Maldives impact of the third global coral bleaching event in the Maldives, Crown-of-thorns Starfish outbreaks in the Maldives and other threats to coral reef ecosystems in the Maldives.
Additional affiliations
February 2015 - present
Marine Research Centre
Marine Research Centre
  • Research Officer
  • The Marine Research Centre (MRC) of the Maldives, founded in 1984, is the research arm of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MoFA).
January 2018 - September 2019
Southern Cross University
Field of study
  • Marine Science and Management
January 2012 - November 2014
Maldives National University
Field of study
  • Environmental Management


Publications (7)
Technical Report
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This report represents the most comprehensive effort to monitor coral bleaching in the Maldives to date, using a combination of citizen science and expert scientist (governmental, academic and non-governmental) data sets. The 2015-2016 El Niño weather phenomena and associated sea surface temperature anomalies in 2016 caused one of the largest recor...
There is global consensus that marine protected areas offer a plethora of benefits to the biodiversity within and around them. Nevertheless, many organisms threatened by human impacts also find shelter in unexpected or informally protected places. For coral reef organisms, refuges can be tourist resorts implementing local environment-friendly botto...
Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is an important link between the land and ocean. In this study, eddy diffusivity coefficients (Kh) and SGD rates were examined off the Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour (Australia) in September 2017 and 2018. In order to estimate Kh, the apparent age and SGD, two short-lived radium isotopes ²²⁴Ra and ²²³Ra were meas...
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Mitigating climate change through the reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels is of interest, particularly through maintaining and re-establishing natural ecosystems that act as carbon sinks, such as coastal vegetated habitats or “blue carbon” systems. Here we compare sedimentary blue carbon (C) stocks from 37 sediment cores collected in pristine (n =...
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The expected increases in the frequency and severity of coral bleaching events under a changing climate is among the most pressing threats facing the Maldives. While the coral reefs of the Maldives have a history of recovery from major disturbances, such as after the bleaching event of 1998, or the recovery following crow-of-thorns infestations in...
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Coral reefs are centres of marine biodiversity that host a large portion of all marine life. Despite their small area covered in global oceans, they provide very important ecological, cultural, and economic services. These include hosting a remarkably high diversity of marine flora and fauna, coastal protection from wave surges and tsunamis, and pr...


Question (1)
I am working on study to understand the differences between benthic community structure of coral reef flats in the Maldives. Have gone through well known references regarding the ecology of reef habits. But so far not satisfied with what i got regarding reef flats (through google scholar and other databases such as SCOPUS). I am studying on corals and invertebrates which are found in shallow reef flats.


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Projects (2)
Archived project
Research on impacts of climate change on Maldivian coral reefs, their resilience to these impacts, and the ecosystem services they provide to people.
To record impact of third global coral bleaching event in the Maldives.