Saving Atlantis is a feature documentary currently in production by a team from Oregon State University with support from the National Science Foundation and gifts from OSU alumni and friends. It focuses on the dramatic loss of coral reef ecosystems around the world and those who are fighting to uncover the causes and find solutions before it’s too late. Saving Atlantis tells stories of personal connection to magnificent coral habitats and explain the cost of losing them. The film is an emotional exploration of some of our planet's greatest natural wonders.

The Problem

Coral reefs cover only 0.1 percent of the Earth’s surface, but they’re home to 25 percent of all marine species, and they’re being lost at an alarming rate. Pollution, overfishing and climate change are some of the human-influenced culprits in the dramatic decline of these magnificent natural structures. Coral reefs serve as a lynchpin in the global food web. Their decline leads our entire planet in a perilous direction. But research from scientists around the world hints at bright spots where real strides can be made in preservation and protection of these habitats.

About Oregon State University

Oregon State University, one of the world’s great land-grant universities, is devoted to research, outreach and engagement on issues of global significance. OSU is uniquely positioned to provide a lens on the issue of coral decline, with a cluster of world-class coral experts and an expansive capability and expertise in the marine sciences.

Donate

Please consider a donation to this film. By contributing to this project you can ensure that we include the most pressing issues and locations, and help us to get the word out, reaching the widest possible audience once the film is finished. All extra proceeds from the film project will be used to help train and educate the next generation of marine scientists. Contribute to the film now.

Contacts:

Producers

David Baker
002 Adams Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-8323

Justin Smith
002 Adams Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-8323

Primary Investigator

Rebecca Vega Thurber, Ph.D.
454 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331