Dr David Vaughan is trying to reverse the decline of corals before it’s too late
In the video below Dr David Vaughan tells how he – totally by accident – made an incredibly important discovery.
Dr David Vaughan works on the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef in the world. It’s crucial for sustaining marine life. Vaughan and a team at the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory are trying to work out ways to prevent the devastating consequences of the 25 to 40 percent decline in coral under the sea. Due to rising sea temperatures, and increasing acidification of the water, corals are fast dying out.
Vaughan has developed a technique called “microfragmenting” that allows corals to grow 25 times as fast as they would normally, and hopefully will help restore the dwindling coral population.
Vaughan is confident that the crisis hasn’t gone too far. With support from governments and the public, he sees no reason why they can’t restore all the coral that has disappeared.