Honors Projects


This honors project uses a children’s book format to aid in explaining the importance of saving the coral reefs. This book will be informing the younger generations about important, yet complicated issues at hand in a way that they can understand and relate to. The book explains how coral reefs are important for oxygen production, biodiversity, research opportunities, protection of coastal environments and for the economy. The children’s book explains how human activities and natural stressors can impact coral survivorship. The book explains how overfishing allows for excessive algal growth that smothers corals and tackles how coral bleaching occurs and how global warming drives it. Moreover, the book discusses harmful toxins in products like sunscreen, coral diseases and natural disasters, and how sedimentation and turbidity impacts and lowers coral health. Lastly, the book dives into how younger generations can get involved in reducing their carbon footprint and impact on the environment to help lessen the threats on the corals. This book allows younger generations to understand difficult concepts and understand the importance of taking action to reduce their ecological footprint by living a more sustainable lifestyle.


Biological Sciences


Marine and Aquatic Biology

First Advisor

Holly Myers

First Advisor Department

Environment and Sustainability

Second Advisor

Matthew Partin

Second Advisor Department

Biological Sciences

Publication Date

Winter 12-11-2017

Honors Reflection.docx (13 kB)
Reflection on why a childrens book was chosen for the honors project