Like most people around the world, I am spending today at home. The global pandemic of Coronavirus has turned daily life upside down, and we all must adapt. While we all are deeply affected, I find myself thinking a lot about students, the youth that have been separated from their amazing teachers and forced to proceed with their education virtually. As a marine biologist, I know there is no substitute for the sounds, smells, sights and feeling of the ocean. Being stuck staring at screens instead of going on field trips is an educational tragedy. But it is what it is, and I’d like to help.
My name is Colin Foord. I’m a marine biologist and together with musician J.D. McKay, we run the art-science initiative Coral Morphologic. Together, our art, research, and community-action is centered on the urban coral communities in Miami. After years of studying this ecosystem, we’ve identified surprising populations of resilient coral communities that are colonizing the human-made infrastructure along Biscayne Bay’s developed areas. We now continue to study these populations in conjunction with NOAA and the University of Miami to better understand their apparent resistance to disease, siltation from dredging, and pollution as compared to offshore natural reefs.