President's Report 2022

OCEAN AND MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION For NSU, making a positive impact on the world includes sustaining the oceans and marine life, and the natural world around us. Over the past decade, researchers at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences’ Oceanographic Campus have been growing coral in a nursery to preserve genetic diversity and create more coral beds in our oceans. After two years, the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) rescue project (also known as the “Noah’s Ark” project) has saved 980 corals from risk of infection from stony coral tissue loss disease in the Florida Keys, which has resulted in large coral die-offs across Florida and the Caribbean. The university’s dedication to marine life is also evident in the partnership between the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and NSU. With the help of volunteer community organizations, participants monitor 24 miles of beaches in Broward County to study and protect sea turtle nests and ensure that sea turtles aren’t threatened by predators or human interference. 10