Connecting humans and corals through science and art
August 1, 2016
Mission Blue is proud to partner with Coral Morphologic!
Coral Morphologic is a leading creator of innovative underwater media chronicling Earth’s imperiled coral reefs. It was founded in 2007 by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay as a multi-faceted platform for the advancement of symbiosis between humans and coral. Coral Morphologic’s unique methodology blends science and art in a way that builds empathy and inspires the next generation to restore the reefs. By elevating coral into the iconography of modern art, design, and popular culture, Coral Morphologic entreats mankind to better understand and preserve Earth’s endangered reef ecosystems through works that convey color and depth to the human experience.
Coral Morphologic’s artwork has been featured across Miami’s most prominent landmarks such as the American Airlines Arena, Miami International Airport, PortMiami, the New World Center, Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, and the Arsht Center for Performance Arts.
Coral Morphologic’s artwork is informed by a scientific mission to document, aquaculture, and protect Miami’s coral. Marine biological surveys of the city’s urban waterways have thus far yielded four species of soft coral undescribed by science, a powerful anti-cancer compound, and a rare hybrid staghorn. Coral Morphologic hypothesizes that the resilient coral pioneering the seawalls of Miami may hold keys to understanding how reef organisms around the world will adapt to human influence in the 21st century.
Coral City is a 2015 VICE Media documentary on the work of Coral Morphologic in the city of Miami, Florida, with a particular focus on their mission to rescue corals during the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Deep Dredge project of Miami Harbor.
Coral Morphologic advocates for the advancement of coral aquaculture research, believing it to be a critical component of plans to preserve global coral biodiversity and restore reefs. Furthermore, technological innovation and human understanding of captive coral biology has now progressed beyond the point where aquaculture can, and should, be incorporated into high school and college science programs. Coral Morphologic recognizes coral aquaculture as a perfect vehicle in which to engage and inspire students through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) initiatives.
‘Natural History Redux’ is a film released by Coral Morphologic in 2012 featuring 23 species of invertebrate marine life native to South Florida.
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