has worked on coral reefs in over
20 countries. In recent years much of Spalding's fieldwork has
focused on the coral reef fish of the Indian Ocean. He was there
in 1998 when warm waters devastated the coral reefs, providing
a clear warning of the potential damage climate change could inflict.
then Spalding has been monitoring recovery, and developing a more
detailed model of the future threats to coral reefs.
For many years, Spalding worked for the United Nations Environment
Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, running a major
program to map the world's coral reefs and mangrove forests.
also did some of the most detailed research available on marine
parks and reserves. This work included several publications, among
others The World
Mangrove Atlas, Reefs at Risk,
and in 2001, the World Atlas of Coral Reefs.
Spalding led the preparation of the film's script and Teacher's