Jacqueline De La Cour
Jacqueline De La Cour is a coral biologist specializing in the study of coastal ecosystems, especially coral reefs, processes, and impacts. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology (summa cum laude) from the University of Rhode Island in 2003 and her M.S. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston in 2006. Jacqueline’s thesis represents the first report of antimicrobial activity in the common seawhip, Leptogorgia virgulata and, of equal note, in a temperate/sub-tropical coral in the Atlantic Ocean. Jacqueline has been working at NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch since 2010, where she is the Operations Manager. Jacqueline directs the operations of a multi-million dollar program with staff in the United States and Australia; oversees program finances and proposal development; conducts product and web page development and scientific analyses; coordinates domestic and international partnerships and cooperative agreements; and leads program-wide education and outreach efforts, among other tasks.