[Coral-List] Coral reefs in the news: Chagos

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 14:44:18 EDT 2015

Chagos coral reef research program in UK’s ‘Top 20’ research impact stories.

The Chagos research program developed largely by Prof Charles Sheppard from
Warwick University over many years has been selected by a group of UK
government departments and agencies as being in their "Top 20" from UK
institutions in connection with overseas development.  For the one page
write-up see



Every six years, the UK’s academic institutions submit information on
themselves and their staff for government assessment purposes.  A group of
a dozen government departments and other bodies have selected their ‘Top
20’ case studies, and say: “These stories were selected from the 6,975
impact case studies submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) –
the system that’s used to assess the research quality of all UK
universities. Our judges reviewed this massive database and picked the top
20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to global

The Chagos Archipelago programme was one of the 20 selected, and was in
fact the only marine one included in the list.

Cheers,  Doug

Douglas Fenner
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