Conservation Connection

This program engaged youth from Chicago's VOISE Academy and Suva, Fiji's Marist Brothers High School in the stewardship of Fijian coral reefs through direct involvement in the scientific process. Fusing virtual and real experiences, Conservation Connection uses a combination of WhyReef, web-casting with Field Museum, Wildlife Conservation Society and FLMMA scientists, video blogging, and a customized social networking site--FijiReef--to connect youth and marine biologists around the issue of environmental conservation.

The Conservation Connection students in Chicago and Suva collaborated to produce three media pieces to promote coral reef conservation and engage the public in Fiji and the United States in stewardship for marine ecosystems.  These media pieces included an article on overfishing published to the Fiji Times, a letter to the editor for the Fiji Times on the impact of large fishing vessels on coral reefs in Suva Harbor, and a public service announcement on the dangers of pollution for coral reefs and ourselves.

Watch the student-created public service announcement on pollution below!

Conservation Connection Pollution Video from BioSynC on Vimeo.

Visit to view a summary video of the project, and email for more information. This program is implemented in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society and Fiji Locally-Managed Marine Area. 

This program is made possible by funding from the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory.