Presentations & Publications

Watch OPOR’s Lates Zoom Seminar :

A Celebration of Micronesian Seafaring Tradition & Canoe Culture

with Larry Raigetal

March 4, 2022

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History presents:

Dr. Michelle Paddack, OPOR Senior Conservation Scientist & SBCC Professor of Marine Sciences

February 14, 2022

Typhoon effects on a ‘weedy’ coral

Post-typhoon coral reef recovery: positive impacts for previously out-competed species

by Kevin Arizmendi


Drone Deploy:

“Bringing Big Data to Small Islands”

November 30, 2021

One People One Reef Presents:

“Together We Sail Symposium”

December 20, 2020

Shape of Life interviews Nicole Crane:

Telling the Story of Us in Our Planet”


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

International Conservation Biology Conference Plenary Talk

July 2019

Interview by CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo with Nicole Crane:

“Sunscreen Bans & Coral Reefs

April 25, 2019

Kelsey Doyle Presents:

Hofagie Laamle


TEDxSantaCruz & Nicole Crane Present:

“Sustainable Ocean Management: Back to the Future in Micronesia”

May 31, 2014

Hawks Peak Productions & The Oceanic Society Present:

“The Ulithi Marine Management & Conservation Project”

May 3, 2014

Presented by SRI International & Nicole Crane:

“Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans”

March 20, 2014

Presented by Jessica Hamel:

“The Reef”


Science Research Publications

Commentary by M.I. Brown; B. Allgood; J. Waugh; R. Martino; S. Cheng; C.C. Kelman; & A.L. Porzecanski on 31 August 2020

Bernardi G, Nelson P, Paddack M, Rulmal Jr J, Crane N. Genomic islands of divergence in the Yellow Tang and the Brushtail Tang Surgeonfishes. Ecol Evol. 2018;8:8676–8685.

Crane, Nicole L.; John B. Rulmal Jr.; Peter A. Nelson; Michelle J. Paddack; and Giacomo Bernardi (2017) Collaborating with indigenous citizen scientists towards sustainable coral reef management in a changing world: The One People One Reef Program.  In: Cigliano, J.A. and Ballard, H.L. eds., 2017. Citizen Science for Coastal and Marine Conservation. Routledge. (Chapter 10 ).

Crane NL, Nelson P, Abelson A, Precoda K, Rulmal J, Jr., Bernardi G, et al. (2017) Atoll-scale patterns in coral reef community structure: Human signatures on Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177083. pone.0177083

Crane, N.L., Paddack, M.J., Nelson, P.A., Abelson, A., Rulmal, J. & Bernardi, G. (2016) Corallimorph and Montipora Reefs in Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia: documenting unusual reefs. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 21, 10–17.

Reports & Newsletters

November 2021


December 2020


June 28, 2020

Communities, Conservation, and Development in the Age of Covid-19

December 2018


2018 Ulithi Fisheries Data Summary

Ulithi Atoll, Yap (FSM)


Annual Report

2017 – 2018

Summary of Science Expeditions


Field Session Results

June 2016

Reef Management Workshop Colonia, Yap

2012 – 2016

Summary of Findings

December 2015



Impact of Typhoon Maysak on Invasive Coral (Montipora)

Summer 2015

Post Typhoon Maysak Assessments


Summary of Findings


Towards a food secure future: Sustainable ocean management and conservation in the Yap outer islands


Ulithi’s Deep Reefs: Preliminary ROV Observations


Nimpal: Impressions


Preliminary Ecological Assessment of Reef State and Fish Assemblages