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Oceans Day Feature: Harbor Branch Scientist Spends Career Studying Florida’s Reefs

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (June 5, 2013) – Scientist John Reed could be considered an “ocean expert,” having spent the majority of his more than 40-year career at FAU Harbor Branch studying the deep-water coral reefs off the coast of eastern Florida. 

Reed, a senior research scientist and research professor currently heading the Robertson Coral Reef and Conservation Program at FAU Harbor Branch, was among the team of scientists who first discovered the Oculina reefs in 1975, and was instrumental in making it a Marine Protected Area through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the early 1980s. 

Reed is available for interviews in advance of Oceans Day (Saturday, June 8).  Additional information is attached and archive video/photos of the Oculina coral reefs and Reed’s work are available upon request.

To request an interview, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or


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