“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” - Harry S. Truman


The Raising Coral Team

The core team includes experts in coral reef ecology, social science, and business. The team has spent more than two years testing and perfecting methods for coral propagation and outplanting. Careers are important, of course, but we strive to keep a strong team dynamic of mutual support.

Our support team includes David Vaughan, a global leader in coral reef restoration, and Tom Weaver, dive instructor and business consultant. Guido Saborio of Costa Rica’s El Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (SINAC), del Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE), provides advice on marine and coastal zone regulations.


Joanie Kleypas, PhD
Project Lead

Joanie is a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder CO, and studies how climate change and ocean acidification impact coral reefs. She has conducted research on coral reefs for more than 30 years, and now concentrates on finding solutions to coral reef decline.


Álvaro Terán
Fundraising Manager

Álvaro is an entrepreneur and agricultural engineer with nearly 10 years of experience in businesses that promote ecological sustainability, including projects in aquaculture and reforestation.  He is currently with Kairos Investments.


Tatiana Villalobos
Lead Research Assistant

Tati is is completing a Master's thesis at the University of Costa Rica that addresses not only reef ecology, but how coral reefs benefit local communities and  how local communities can positively impact reefs. Her passion is to incorporate coral reproduction and genetics into restoration efforts.


Juan José Alvarado, PhD
Coral Reef Research

Juan José is a professor of marine biology at University of Costa Rica's Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR).  He conducts coral reef research throughout Costa Rica.  He is currently conducting land-based coral propagation techniques.


José Andrés Marin Moraga
Research Assistant

José Andrés is a student at the National University of Costa Rica, and is conducting research on land-based techniques for propagating corals. He plans to pursue a Master’s thesis to investigate how coral restoration affects the entire community of reef organisms.


Jorge Cortés Núñez, PhD
Coral Reef Expert

Jorge is a professor and co-Director of the University of Costa Rica's Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR).  He is a world-renowned expert on Latin American coral reefs, and has published several books and many papers on the coral reefs of Costa Rica.


Our Sponsors

We could not do our work without the generosity of our sponsors.

We are very grateful for their support.

We want to provide a special thanks to the Plant a Million Corals Foundation, founded by David Vaughan and Donna Vaughan, who have supported Raising Coral with opportunities, advice, and inspiration since the very beginning of our project.