Reef Environmental Education Foundation

LAST UPDATED: October 30, 2018
Environment & Public Spaces
REEF was founded in 1990 because of a growing concern about the health of the marine environment, and the desire to provide the public ways to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine populations. REEF protects biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community. REEF’s strategic partnerships with government agencies, scientific and academic institutions, the non-profit sector, the dive industry, and local communities amplify the efforts of individual volunteers, allowing them to make significant contributions to ongoing conservation projects worldwide. REEF houses the world’s largest marine based citizen science data gathering program (Volunteer Fish Survey Project) containing over 9 million fish records. REEF has been leading efforts to address invasive species worldwide for over 25 years, including lionfish, through education, control, market development, and research. REEF's International Headquarters, located in Key Largo, Florida, serves the local communities of south Florida with over 5,000 members in Miami-Dade alone, and visitors to the Florida Keys by providing educational programming for all ages on fish identification, invasive species prevention, endangered species and conservation awareness.
98300 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

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Board Chairperson
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Janet Camp
Board of Trustees
Mary "Mel" Harris
Board Member
Fulbright Scholar, Trinity College
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees


Dr. Caroly Shumway
Executive Director
Alli Candelmo, Ph.D.
Invasive Species Program Coordinator
Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D.
Director of Science
Martha Klitzkie
Director of Operations
Bonnie Barnes
Development Manager
Ellie Splain
Education Program Manager
Amy Lee
Trips Program Manager
Ellie Place
Conservation Coordinator
Janna Nichols
Citizen Science Program Manager


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.