Laura Jay Grove

Laura Jay Grove
Location of Interview
Collection Name

Decades of Change in the Florida Reef Tract: An Oral History Project


Florida is home to the only barrier reef in the continental United States. This project uses oral history interviews of coral reef stakeholders in Florida to showcase major changes in the reef tract over the past few decades. The stakeholders interviewed include scientists, fishermen, and SCUBA divers.

Date of Interview

National Capital Contracting 

Principal Investigator
Biographical Sketch

Laura Jay Grove is a research fishery biologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) in Miami. Jay received her B.S. in marine biology from the University of New Hampshire, M.S. in marine science from the University of New England and Ph.D. in fisheries from Auburn University. She joined NOAA in 2016 and is presently the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program’s (NCRMP) SEFSC lead. In this role, she is the lead fish data scientist ensuring high quality data collection and analysis. Jay is also NCRMP’s Florida sampling coordinator. Every other year she coordinates with multiple federal (NPS, FKNMS, EPA), state (FWC, FDEP), local (MDC, Broward), and academic institutions (NSU, UM, etc.) to survey fishes and corals throughout Florida (Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys and Southeast Florida). This large survey effort provides domain-wide reef fish and coral population status and trends that are used to inform regional resource management. She is a principle investigator on multiple other research projects including fish method calibration and mesophotic reef studies in the U.S. Caribbean, and extending habitat mapping and reef surveys, and telemetry studies in Florida. Jay is a NOAA divemaster and field trainer with over 24 years of dive experience that allow her to continue learn through underwater observations. She has a background in marine science education and enjoys sharing science with all audiences whenever possible.

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