Shay Viehman, PhD

Research Ecologist
Beaufort Laboratory
Coastal Resilience, Restoration and Assessment

Dr. Viehman's current research focuses broadly on 1) the resilience of coral reefs to climate change, wave energy, and other disturbances, 2) quantification of changes to coral populations and reef communities from disturbances and restoration, 3) coral reef restorations as nature-based solutions, 4) applications of emerging technology (e.g., imagery) to evaluate change on coral reefs, and 5) data science, spatial modeling, and data communication. She also leads the corals and benthic communities team for NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program in the Atlantic region.

Dr. Viehman has more than 20 years of research experience on tropical Caribbean coral reefs. She has a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University, a M.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University. Prior to joining NCCOS in 2004, she worked for the National Park Service doing research coordination, coral reef monitoring, and coral restoration in south Florida.


NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

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