Coral reefs are one of the most magical and valuable ecosystems in the world, supporting nearly 1B people and 25% of marine life. But 75% of Earth's reefs are projected to be dead by 2050. While in grad school at Yale in 2014, I had an idea for a brand new concept together with my friend Gator Halpern: create a for-profit company capable of meaningfully restoring our world's dying reefs.
Today, Coral Vita is preparing to launch our pilot coral farm in the Caribbean. We've recruited two of the world's leading coral scientists and are commercializing their methods to grow corals up to 50x faster while enhancing their resiliency to climate change. We will sell restoration to customers that depend on the $30B annual revenue reefs generate through tourism, fisheries, and coastal protection. Coral Vita raised over $1.5M to build this first farm, which we envision as a stepping stone to a global network of land-based farms capable of helping preserve coral reefs for future generations.
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental
Master of Environmental Management •
Aug 2013 - May 2015