EDN Spotlight: Dr. David Vaughan | Earth Day Network

The Challenge

Coral reefs are dying at a rapid rate and are threatened with extinction from the effects of climate change, over-fishing, and pollution.

The Project

A coral restoration project in Florida led by Dr. David Vaughan, a Senior Scientist and manager of the Coral Restoration program at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration. It was while working in his lab that Dr. Vaughan discovered a process to speed up the rate of growth for coral. Using a process called microfragmentation, he and his crew are able to produce hundreds of corals in a day. Dr. Vaughan postponed his retirement to work on restoring corals at Florida’s Reef Tract.

More Information

BBC Earth video on Dr. Vaughan

EDN’s Protect Our Species campaign for Earth Day 2019


About EDN’s Spotlight Feature: We are always excited to hear about projects to address environmental issues and help communities. While it wouldn’t be possible to feature every good project, we are taking time to shine a spotlight on select examples, with the hope of inspiring others. You can share your environmental projects for consideration by emailing us at [email protected] and/or tagging us in posts and using the #EDNSpotlight hashtag on social media.