John Tolva's 50th Birthday - Marhaver Lab Campaign
Creative coral science for reef recovery
Hello friends! On August 4 I turn 50 years old and, though I typically don’t expect gifts to mark my birthday, I’d like to ask you to consider one now.
The Marhaver Lab — run by marine biologist, science communicator, Georgia Tech grad, and friend Kristen Marhaver — is a research outpost based in Curaçao in the southern Caribbean. The work of Marhaver Lab is aimed squarely at helping solve the problem of declining biodiversity of the world’s coral reefs. This is critical work: coral reefs are foundational elements of our oceans’ larger ecology. When reefs thrive, fish populations thrive. When fish populations thrive, the planet (and humanity!) thrives.
The problem: There are millions of corals remaining on reefs around the world, but most are too rare, too stressed, or too sick to reproduce. Marhaver Lab helps these corals find mates, ensures that baby corals survive, and preserves coral genetics, saving these living blueprints forever. The work at Marhaver Lab includes teaching others around the world these reproductive science techniques — easily as important as the biology itself.
I’d love it if you could support this critical work with whatever donation makes sense for you. Doing so to celebrate my birthday (a spawning 50 years ago!) is just a convenient moment to try to help. Our oceans are running out of convenient moments, though, so let’s give Marhaver Lab a boost!
Marhaver Lab is an operating project of Multiplier, a U.S. 501(c)3, so your donations are tax-deductible (to the extent allowed by law). If you’d like to send a check, make a stock gift, or donate from your DAF, please reach out to me for further instructions.