33rd Annual Reef Relief Meeting

(Key West, FL) – Thursday November 19, 2020 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join us for guest speakers touching on Keys wide reef monitoring, The Iconic Reefs Project, The National Marine Sanctuary Blue Print Plan, and Reef Relief’s Annual Report.

This year, the meeting will take place on Zoom and will be open to the public

*$15 suggested membership donation*

Donate in advance at: www.reefrelief.org/act/donate


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James W. Porter, Ph.D.

Josiah Meigs Professor of Ecology, Emeritus

Odum School of Ecology

James W. Porter is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Emeritus at the  University of Georgia. Dr. Porter received both his Bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from Yale. He has testified before Congress four times about the effects of (1) climate change on  coral reefs, (2) global biodiversity loss, and (3) underwater munitions contaminating coral reefs  on Vieques, Puerto Rican.

Dr. Porter has published more than 120 papers in peer review scientific journals, ten  percent of which are either in Science, Nature, or the Proceedings of the National Academy of  Science. He has authored 3 books.

In 2005 he received the Eugene P. Odum Award for environmental education from the  Ecological Society of America, and in 2006, he was elected President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific  Honor Society with more than 160,000 members worldwide, including all living Nobel  Laureates. In 2020 he received the Coral Reef Society’s top Eminence in Research Award.

Dr. Porter’s award winning photographs have appeared in Life Magazine and the New York Times. His work has been featured on the ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. His documentary film, Chasing Coral, to which he contributed as the Chief Scientific  Advisor and a Principal Cast Member, won the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Sundance  Film Festival, and then went on to win a 2017 Peabody Award and the 2017 Emmy for Best  Nature Documentary.

While it is highly unusual for anyone in retirement to receive support from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Porter has just won a competitive research grant for image analysis of  his long-term photographs covering the growth and change of Caribbean coral reefs over the last four decades.

Sarah Fangman

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent

As superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sarah Fangman is responsible for leadership, vision, and strategic direction, overseeing a staff of more than 30 employees and affiliates. Fangman came to the Florida Keys in 2017 with 19 years of experience working for the National Marine Sanctuary System, most recently as superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary from 2014-2017. She was the program coordinator of the Southeast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region from 2005-2014, and served as the research coordinator for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary from 1998-2005. Through her work with the sanctuary system, Fangman has conducted more than 600 scuba dives in the Florida Keys, obtained a USCG 100 Ton Master’s Captain’s license, and became a certified submersible pilot. Fangman first came to NOAA in 1996 as a Presidential Management Fellow, where she was the special assistant to the deputy director of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.

Reef Relief is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.  Contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com or go to www.reefrelief.org