Mote Marine Lab gets $300,000 grant

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Dr. Kim Ritchie of Mote Marine Laboratory and Dr. Maoz Fine of the The Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel handle biological samples.

Dr. Kim Ritchie of Mote Marine Laboratory and Dr. Maoz Fine of the The Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel handle biological samples.

 The Mote Marine Laboratory has been awarded a three-year grant of $300,000  by the Dart Foundation for research on coral reefs, climate change and ocean acidification. The money will support two international studies that include collaborators from Israel and Saudi Arabia and field research in Italy and the United States led by Dr. Kim Ritchie, manager of Mote’s Marine Microbiology Program. Mote scientists are internationally known for their research on coral reef health, especially focusing on the relationships among corals and two types of microbes: beneficial bacteria that support reef health and symbiotic algae living within coral tissues. The Dart Foundation was established in 1984 by William A. and Claire T. Dart in Mason, Mich. and is the third major grant to Mote from the Dart Foundation. Learn more http://www.mote.org/index.php?src=news&submenu=NEWS&srctype=detail&category=Newsroom&refno=744

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD’s reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident “Fish Geek” and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world’s largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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