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outplanted coral reef fragments on a reef

Engineering and Innovation

watercolor coral reef with lightbulb

The vision of the Engineering and Innovation Working Group (EIG) is to foster a community to facilitate innovation for coral reef restoration.


The methods, tools, and technologies for coral reef restoration have been evolving and improving since restoration efforts began, typically in the workspaces of restoration practitioners who have designed and built these innovations. The United Nations have dubbed the current decade (2021-2030) the Ocean Decade, highlighting the need for solutions to drastically increase capacity and scale of coral restoration. Restoration practitioners are the innovators with first hand knowledge of their local reefs and what will work best. EIG Stakeholders are a group of individuals interested in providing their time, expertise, and support to the coral restoration community.

P.C. Hawaii Coral Restoration Nursery

What We Are Working On

coral reef against mangroves

As a working group of the CRC, the EIG focuses on CRC’s Priority #2 defined for 2020-2025:

Increase restoration efficiency, focusing on scale and cost-effectiveness of deployment.

Click here to see our Community Guidelines.

P.C. Matt Curnock

Outlanted staghorn coral at TNC outplanting site in Dry Tortugas.

Stakeholder Meetings

Stakeholder meetings are generally scheduled on a quarterly basis. These meetings are open to anyone interested in participating. These meetings aim to increase opportunities for collaboration and networking between 

These meetings will be a forum for, sharing high-level updates regarding EIG-network projects and opportunities, hosting presentations from practitioners and innovators, and networking with others who may be interested in collaborating.

P.C. The Nature Conservancy

Meet the EIG Leadership Team

Brooke Elzweig Headshot

Brooke Lynn Elzweig


Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment

Miles McGonigle Headshot

Miles McGonigle


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