School of Biological Sciences

Coral Reef Research Unit

About the Coral Reef Research Unit

New students

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Welcome to all new students who will be joining our University community. Our welcome information provides important pre-arrival updates and will help you settle in to your new life at Essex.

The Coral Reef Research Unit at the University of Essex (CRRU), the most extensive of its kind in the UK, is home to academics, PhD students, Masters students and research officers working in the field and in our laboratories.

Field research focuses on the community ecology of coral reef systems, tropical seagrass beds, mangroves and fisheries. We carry out economic and social science field studies alongside biological and ecological studies, while our state-of-the-art laboratories are home to coral ecophysiology and biogeochemistry research.

Based in the School of Biological Sciences at Essex, there are several members of academic, research and technical staff associated with the CRRU. We also have strong relationships with academics within the UK, and also from Australia, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand and the USA.

Undertaking groundbreaking research into coral reefs and their connected habitats, our cross-disciplinary approach uses the expertise and experience of an international advisory board. The CRRU makes extensive use of the advisory board when deciding future research directions, collaborative grant applications, and publication of our findings.

Research Repository

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The Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by members of our University. You can search for any publications by subject, journal or publication title, publisher, creator and more. You will find leading biological sciences research within our Repository.

Undergraduate study


Undergraduate study with us gives you the opportunity to learn from leading academics in the biological sciences. You can expect a supportive atmosphere and flexible course structure across a diverse range of BSc courses.

Postgraduate study


Postgraduate study with us gives you the chance to contribute to the research we are renowned for. You can expect specialist training in a research-intensive and supportive environment from top academics using state-of-the-art facilities.

Our facilities


Recent major investment has meant we can offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Whatever level of study you choose with us, you will gain experience in your chosen field using cutting-edge and industry-standard equipment.