Rescue a Reef

Are you ready to help support the restoration of endangered staghorn corals? Learn how to support coral nurseries and staghorn restoration with a generous donation to RJD reef research!

Staghorn corals are important coral reef engineers and provide essential habitat for many other reef organisms. Unfortunately, staghorn coral populations have drastically declined and are threatened with extinction. Help RJD researchers continue valuable coral propagation and restoration activities in Florida by rescuing a reef!

Donation Packages

Donations of any size are welcome! Every little bit helps! We greatly appreciate your contribution to our research.

Here are some ways we’d like to thank you for your donations:

$5 + : We will give you a ‘shout out’ on our social media accounts and you can know that your donation is going directly toward helping rescue our coral reefs!

$100: Your donation will help support ongoing efforts to rescue local coral reefs. As a thank you, we will send you:

  • A personalized certificate commemorating your generous efforts
  • A professional, high-resolution photograph of a tropical coral reef
$1,000: Your donation will support the outplanting of 100 corals onto a local reef. As a thank you, we will send you:

  • A personalized certificate commemorating your generous efforts
  • The opportunity to name your rescued reef
  • A professional, high-resolution photograph of your rescued reef
  • Official field reports on the status of your rescued reef, including underwater photographs of your newly planted corals
  • Bonus access to interactive educational materials on the RJD website (Virtual Expedition: Coral Reefs coming soon!)

What’s Rescue a Reef?

The University of Miami’s coral restoration project focuses on propagating threatened staghorn coral in underwater coral nurseries to create a sustainable source of healthy coral colonies for use in restoration activities. Our methods aim to minimize negative impacts on wild populations while using strong, science-based restoration techniques to enhance staghorn populations on Florida reefs. Your donation will help support the maintenance of our coral nurseries as well as support outplanting activities and important scientific monitoring.

Donation Instructions

Step 1
Click the ‘Rescue a Reef’ Button here.
Step 2
Decide on your donation package, and write it in the amount box.
Step 3
Under the designation drop-down menu, select Rescue A Reef.
Step 4
IMPORTANT! Email Stephanie Schopmeyer to learn more about the next steps in the donation process.

Tax Deductible — The University of Miami is a Florida not-for-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible as appropriate by law.
More Questions?

For more information about contributing to the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami, please contact:

Stephanie Schopmeyer
Phone: 954-798-2902