If you ever wanted to help be a part of and support a coral research program, now is your chance. A PhD student from Oregon State is currently crowdfunding to support her research on how corals are responding to climate change.
Katherine Dziedzic posted her research on crowdfunding site Experiment to raise money to fund the program. The focus will be on how corals are going to adapt, specifically investigating how thermal acclimation can be a potential mechanism for coral adaptation and evolution. She is going to leverage “a multi-species approach to pinpoint some ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in climate change, important information that will help create management and conservation plans to protect these ecosystems.”
The research will test five different acclimation temperatures with over 800 coral specimens that will test one of five acclimation temperatures, before cranking up the temps to see what the acclimation response will be. For this research, she has a goal of $3,416. Like other crowdfunding websites, you pledge a financial amount and once they reach the goal, the research team gets the funds.
But unlike others, Experiment is geared towards directly funding real research projects geared towards a scientific discovery. Once you fund a project, you’ll get access to progress, data, and results straight from the team. Plus, each project is fully vetted and reviewed by our team to make sure that it meets our project criteria.
Watch this video or visit her page at Experiment to learn more about the project.