Coral Morphologic is a Miami-based scientific art endeavor founded by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay in 2007. Together they seek to build empathy and awareness between humans and corals through a diversity of public projects that elevate corals into pop culture as the neon icons of 21st century Miami.
Coral Morphologic's current objective is to develop a coral nursery along South Pointe Park in Miami Beach in partnership with local schools. This location presents a unique opportunity to grow, study, and transplant corals in a publicly accessible location. Water probes will record important scientific data useful to students and scientists alike, such as sea level rise, acidification, and pollution. An underwater webcam will live-stream the tropical fish and marine life via the internet to reveal to the world unique and beautiful nature of Miami's urban coral reef ecosystem.
'Coral City' - Part 1 - A documentary by Vice/Creator's Project documenting Coral Morphologic's mission to rescue corals from the Army Corps' Deep Dredge of PortMiami in 2014
'Coral City' - Part 2 - In part two of Coral City, learn how rising sea levels, combined with government dredging projects, are impacting not only corals, but the entire fate of Miami.
'Flower Animal' - a Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and MIA Galleries presented collection of 11 acrylic mounted metallic photographic prints of fluorescent soft corals native to South Florida. Hung near Gate D32 of the America Airlines terminal in the Miami International Airport
'Coral Orgy' - a collaborative film and music event with Animal Collective at the New World Center in February 2017 as part of the Borscht Film Festival.
The 'View into the Blue' underwater webcam that will live-stream to the world the remarkable biodiversity and beauty of Miami Beach's 'super corals' underwater ecosystem. The Miami Beach Botanical Garden will host a flatscreen to show off the native marine fauna surrounding the island.
'Coral Reef City' wrapped parking booth at PortMiami, a Miami-Dade Arts in Public Places project with artist Bhakti Baxter as photographed for the cover of the Miami Rail Spring 2014
Coral Morphologic's aquaculture lab in Big Pine Key was totally devastated during Hurricane Irma. Donations will help us repair and return to our research efforts.
Protecting and Understanding Miami's Super Corals
Some of the most scientifically-valuable corals on the planet are living along the highway connecting Miami to Miami Beach. In a collaboration with FIU, Coral Morphologic is documenting and analyzing the microbiomes of these 'urban corals' in 2018 to understand how they are able to survive in such human-impacted habitats.
Coral Gables Senior High School Coral Lab
Mentorship and Oversight of the Coral Lab at CGSH. Coral Morphologic maintains a 300 gallon glass reef aquarium that we donated in 2015 to give students firsthand experience at coral aquaculture and marine biology.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden Coral Web Cam
New initiative to live-stream Miami's coral ecosystem directly to a flatscreen inside the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, as well as to the internet to serve as an eco-tourism beacon for Miami Beach.
South Pointe Coral Nursery and Webcam
Current initiative we are fundraising for to grow a rare hybrid coral only found living in Government Cut along South Pointe Park. Installation of a livestreaming webcam and water probes will allow students to participate in citizen science fish counts and monitor local water quality and sea level rise.
Miami Coral Rescue Mission
Coral Aquaculture Advisor
Vanessa Lovenburg, PhD
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.