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DML Competition 3 Winners

Conservation Connection: From the West Side to the West Pacific

Project Description:
Conservation Connection engages American youth from the West Side of Chicago and Fijian youth in the West Pacific in stewardship of Fijian coral reefs through direct involvement in the scientific process. Fusing virtual and real experiences, the project uses a combination of WhyReef (the virtual coral reef in, web-casting, video blogging, and a customized social networking site (FijiReef) to connect youth around the issue of environmental conservation. Directed virtual activities will be supplemented by direct contact with marine biologists and various Fijian conservation NGOs, as well as with guided visits to museums, aquaria, and live reefs.
Award Amount:
$152,000 - Best in Class: Remix and Scale
Project URLs:
Project Leadership:
  • Joshua Drew
    The Field Museum
    Chicago, Illinois
Project Collaborators:
  • Posa Skelton, University of the South Pacific
  • Anna Cabral, VOISE Academy High School
  • Mark Westneat, The Field Museum
  • Krystal Villanosa, The Field Museum
  • Beth Sanzenbacher, The Field Museum
  • Stacy Jupiter, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Ron Vave, Fijian Locally Managed Marine Area Network