Help me restore Florida's Coral Reefs for my PhD!
Corals worldwide are under threat from multiple stressors (i.e. climate change, pollution, overfishing to name a few). The one I feel most passionate and compelled to explore is the effect temperature has on coral survival, and investigate effective restoration techniques that will conserve and restore damaged populations.
To do this, I will use a technique called coral restoration transplantation. This conservation technique has been used frequently to combat recent worldwide episodes of coral reef bleaching and death. The idea is to transplant corals grown in labs or in "coral nurseries" back onto reefs that have experienced death and bleaching in order to increase coral habitat and add more individuals to the gene pool (increasing the chances of adapting to future climate).
Specifically, I will transplant corals donated by the Coral Restoration Foundation onto four reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to identify specific transplantation target sites.
However, with all great science come great financial burdens. Especially when it comes to marine biology.
Already having received a grant from the PADI Foundation covering field equipment, temporary diver pay, and to perform genetic analyses on the corals across the reef track, I am half-way to the total needed to complete this project in the next year (February 2019- February 2020)!
I would be very grateful for any assistance you can provide, no matter what you can give, be it $1- $500 (THANKS MOM), Your donation will go a very long way with this project and help preserve our most precious ecosystem.