2017 David Vaughan

Dr. David Vaughan is the Executive Director of the Mote Tropical Research Lab in the Florida Keys, leading Mote's Coral Reef Restoration Program to re-establish the underwater forest. His unique approach to re-growing coral reefs makes an enormous difference in the protection of this unique natural treasure. To combat coral decline due to coral diseases, ship groundings, and hurricanes, Mote Tropical Research Lab has made great advances in developing culture methods for hard corals. Their research efforts have produced thousands of coral colonies for transplanting back to the reef.