The University of Hawaii at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology announced a seven-year, $50 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, the Dr. Priscilla Chan.
He will support various research groups within the university’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
In a press release, the university said the donation will fund research and programs that document changing ocean conditions, explore solutions to support healthier ocean ecosystems, improve coastal resilience to storms and storms. sea level rise, and tackle the challenges of marine organisms ranging from the smallest corals to the largest predators.
“Hawaii has one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world – and having a deeper understanding of this ecosystem is key to preserving and protecting it,” Zuckerberg and Chan said. “We are honored to support the University of Hawaii’s conservation efforts, including their pioneering research on coral reef restoration, the impact of climate change on coastal waters, and other areas related to the health of our oceans.”
Director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Eleanor Sterling, said, “This generous gift is a wonderful opportunity to support much-needed interdisciplinary work that will help us better understand ocean systems and Indigenous management strategies and develop effective approaches to ocean conservation.