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Welcome to ReefQuest! My name is Dylan Vecchione and I am the founder of ReefQuest. I first fell in love with coral reefs when I was given the opportunity to dive on the Kaehikili Reef in Maui, Hawaii. I got to witness first-hand the incredible biodiversity that coral reefs contain. Occupying less than 1% of the world’s oceans, coral reefs host 25% of almarine life. Over the years, returning to that reef I noticed negative changes on the reef due to environmental stresses. I was dismayed to learn that coral reefs are dying all over the world. If that were to happen it would be an ecological catastrophe as reefs’ ecosystems are deeply linked to the health of the rest of the ocean.

I decided to do something about it! I founded ReefQuest to foster marine environmental stewardship in kids everywhere and make a positive impact on coral reefs and other fragile marine environments.

ReefQuest uses citizen science projects to help collect data that can support scientific research. In so doing we also teach science to kids in a whole new way: we make them protagonists to the process of discovery.

ReefQuest is pioneering new ways to use the internet to enable kids to become citizen scientists. Our virtual reef is the first of its kind in the world and allows anyone to engage into virtual dives on real survey sites, and conduct monitoring and surveys that are integrated with real scientific efforts at those sites. We are expanding this effort to link our virtual reef to a middle and high school curriculum, available to all schools. And our web site is a portal that links you to schools, resources, experts, scientists and other kids all motivated by the same desire to make a difference for marine habitats. Try the interactive timeline below to see all Virtual Reefs under development and their evolution over time.

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How Start Your Vegetable Garden

Posted by Caroll Cristy on January 18, 2018 at 10:50pm 0 Comments

Soil is a base within all kinds of gardening. Actually this may be the base of everything. This will be the bed, may also be house of one's plants. Desire to to best man right soil to increase your organic food crops. Make sure you base your…


New ReefQuest Video!

Posted by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

ReefQuest member and friend Max Beck has created a new PSA on ReefQuest. We think he did a fabolous job. Thank you so much Max. Enjoy everyone!




Dylan Vecchione to feature Kahekili Reef conservation at TEDxTeen talk

Posted by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

Dylan Vecchione will speak of the importance of citizen science and of taking action in the context of Kahekili Reef conservation efforts. 

The theme of the fourth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Audacity of whY,” aims to focus the…



Writing a book for ReefQuest?

Started by Charlie Schneider in Learn about the ReefQuest school curriculum. Last reply by Adi Sherman Jan 14, 2014. 1 Reply

Hi everyone.My name is Charlie Schneider, and I am an author living in the UK. I write mostly in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, however I have also collaborated on non-fiction books. I have seen the…Continue

Tags: schneider, novel, book, reefquest

Filming in Maui

Started by Max Beck in Start a ReefQuest chapter in your school Aug 4, 2012. 0 Replies

I'm so happy and excited to be part of ReefQuest. We have been filiming all week and when I return to LA I will begin cutting together a documentary on this very worthwhile project! Aloha!

Remote Underwater Vehicle Builders Discussion

Started by Maurizio Vecchione in How do you participate in a ReefQuest Survey. Last reply by Maurizio Vecchione Jul 11, 2012. 1 Reply

If you are building the ROV to extend the virtual reef, we have special help for you. Pose here any questions you might have and our expert builders as well other schools building the same can help…Continue

Tags: Virtual, Reef, Vehicle, Underwater, Remote

Virtual Reef Builders

Started by Dylan Vecchione in Start a ReefQuest chapter in your school. Last reply by Alex Jones Jun 21, 2012. 1 Reply

Join the forum for those building new Virtual Reefs. Use this forum to converse about issues relating to underwater imaging, 3D and photo synth creation as well as survey and site selection.Continue

Tags: Reef, Virtual, Build


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