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Coral WhisperersScientists on the Brink$
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Irus Braverman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520298842

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520298842.001.0001

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Building Bridges and Trees

Building Bridges and Trees

An Interview with Ken Nedimyer

(p.139) Building Bridges and Trees
Coral Whisperers

Irus Braverman

University of California Press

Ken Nedimyer is founder and president of the Coral Restoration Foundation. He has lived and worked in the Florida Keys for over forty years and has witnessed firsthand the degradation of the Florida Reef Tract. He established one of the largest coral nurseries in the world and has been training restoration groups, especially in the Caribbean, on how to use his unique coral tree technique. Nedimyer won multiple awards, including a CNN Hero in 2012 and a Disney Conservation Hero in 2014. I first interviewed him over the phone on January 4, 2016, then met him in person in Hawai‘i, and finally interviewed him a couple of weeks after Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys. Nedimyer is the only nonscientist among the interchapter interviews. His narrative is important, in my view, precisely because he is an outsider to that world, therefore providing a fresh reflection on both scientists and the existing legal regimes....

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