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About Bernhard Riegl

Dr. Bernhard Riegl is professor at the Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. He is the associate director of the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI). He received the MSc degree from the University of Vienna (Austria) and the PhD degree from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He also received the habilitation at Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria). He is Geology editor of the international scientific journal Coral Reefs, and editor of the book series Coral Reefs of the World.
 Dr. Riegl's research centers on coral reefs and other tropical benthic biota, such as seagrass and algae. He is both a biologist and geologist, his research and publications have involved the paleontology, sedimentology, spatial dynamics, ecology, taxonomy and conservation biology of coral reefs and associated organisms. He is also active in hydrographic survey, particularly sonar-based seafloor discrimination, which he integrates with optical remote-sensing to provide high-resolution maps of the seafloor. His research has taken place in the Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South Pacific, Eastern Pacific, tropical Atlantic and Caribbean.
Riegl held grants from the Austrian Science Foundation, the South African Foundation for Research Development, the South African Association for Marine Biological Research, NOAA, the US Navy, the WWF, the Austrian Geological Survey, the US Geological Survey and many other local and international agencies. He is author of numerous scientific publications and technical reports for various agencies and companies. He has served as Commission of the European Community and USAID technical advisor in the environmental departments of several Middle Eastern governments and has played an active role in the development of coastal zone management, conservation strategies for coral reefs and environmental legislation.

Positions

2015 Present Department Chair, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
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2008 Present Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
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2003 Present Associate Director - National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
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20032008 Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
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20032008 Associate Director - National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
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20002003 Research Scientist - National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
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Education

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2000 Habilitation - Actuopalaeontology, Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz
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1993 PhD Zoology, University of Cape Town
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1989 M.Sc - Biology, University of Vienna
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19751983 Bundesgymnasium Wien 8 Piaristen
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