Beyond Beauty: Threats To Coral Reefs—And What We Can Do To Help

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2013

Contact

John Fifer
Northern California Underwater
Photographic Society (NCUPS)
650.919.3134

Lisa Owens Viani
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
415.834.0900 ext. 307

SAN FRANCISCO—Join Dr. Michael Webster, Executive Director of the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and coral reef ecologist, to learn more about coral reefs, how they work, and why conserving them is so important— not just for divers or underwater photographers, but for anyone concerned about the health of our planet. Dr. Webster will discuss the threats to coral reefs, how CORAL is working with communities to save them, and with stunning photographs, share their beauty and value.An expert in the fields of coral reef science and conservation management, Michael earned a Ph.D. in coral reef fish ecology from Oregon State University. Prior to joining CORAL, Michael coordinated scientific research for Oregon State University’s Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), and later managed grants for the conservation, management, and scientific understanding of Pacific salmon ecosystems at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Michael is a certified dive master and has conducted coral reef field research in the Bahamas and Australia.

WHAT: Threats to Coral Reefs—and What We Can Do to Help
WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2013; 7:00 pm
WHERE: Gymnasium at the New Vision United Methodist Church, 450 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae, CA