Staghorn corals are important coral reef engineers, providing essential habitat for many other reef organisms. Unfortunately, coral populations have drastically declined and are threatened with extinction due to climate change, pollution, disease, overfishing, and habitat destruction.
The University of Miami’s coral restoration project, in collaboration with the Shark Research & Conservation Program, focuses on propagating threatened Caribbean staghorn coral in underwater coral nurseries. Nursery-reared corals are then outplanted to local reefs to enhance local staghorn populations and promotes natural recovery.
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This animation was created by students as part of a a 3D Animation class at the University of Miami, co-taught by Alberto Cairo and Dr. Neil Hammerschlag. The student creators included Kristian Rodriguez, Louise Whitaker, Nicolas Aquirre and Sarah Kasiske.