Inspire collaborative, ocean-forward partnerships and research projects. Commitment to local ecological education
RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Ensure our actions preserve ecosystem integrity and biological complexity
Our products and projects enhance biodiversity and resilience
STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE
Use data-driven solutions to provide best-in-world products, service, and employment opportunities
Partner with local business to protect nature and accelerate positive change
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Melody Brenna has been working with Dr. Sobolev since 2002 creating advanced nanomaterials technologies. She is the original Co-founder of Milestone Architectural in Texas, which received multiple top small business awards. Applying her incredible expertise with material casting, Melody has dedicated her life to restore, revitalize, and protect ocean habitats through nano-science solutions. Her drive to accelerate scientific paths to global coral restoration is what inspires the rest of us to keep moving forward!
CTO & CO-FOUNDER
Konstantin Sobolev Ph.D. is a co-founder and nanomaterial scientist for Reef Life Restoration, and is the Chair of Nanotechnology committee for the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (FACI) and a Member of the Mexican Academy of Science. Sobolev is globally renowned for innovations in nanomaterials, waste inclusion, superhydrophobicity, and thermal and particle activation within novel cementitious matrices for highly diverse applications.
He leads the Reef Life material science team
CHIEF MARITECT & CO-FOUNDER
Guyon Brenna was the Buckminster Fuller Catalyst winner in 2017 for oceanic structure design and was named one of the 30 Under 30 from Earth X. Guyon co-founded Reef Life Restoration which specializes in Coral substrate reconstruction with species-specific nanomaterial cementitious mixes and develops 3D design of art and modular ocean habitats. He also presented at the UN Hawaii, Ocean Conference, and Hague Netherlands on coral restoration through substrate creation.
CARIBBEAN DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ian draws upon two decades of ocean exploration to connect philanthropy, world class storytellers and media activism to support thriving and abundant ocean systems.
He field produced dozens of conservation, science and media teams while project managing a floating film studio. At his core Ian is an enthusiastic storyteller, performer and teacher who is passionate about exploring the nexus of philosophy and action.
GLOBAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Tara Pierce has been an ocean advocate since pre-school, when she held her first art show to benefit the ocean on her front porch. During undergrad, Tara was torn between majoring in marine biology and art; she combined her passions into a thesis project on art in science communication. Shortly after, Tara earned a Master’s in Environmental Arts & Humanities, where she created a program development packet that was implemented by the Hatfield Marine Science Center within a year. By May 2023, She will also have completed a degree in Environmental Law, determined to improve ocean law and policy.
Kat Hickey is an ocean activist. She shares what our team is accomplishing through social media, newsletters, and more. Kat has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability Studies and a minor in Geography from the University of Utah. Kat also volunteers with the Utah Sierra Club advocating to save local water resources. She loves to attend protests and marches in downtown Salt Lake City with any organization fighting for our earth or social justice.
DESIGN & MEDIA DIRECTOR
UN GLOBAL ADVISOR
Reef Life Foundation has funded the research, design, and construction of marine restoration structures that mimic the complex, mineral composition of natural ecosystems. We deploy IntelliReefs to communities that rely on thriving ocean ecosystems for food, economic security, and coastal protection.
Our mission is to revitalize threatened ecosystems through holistic, scientific solutions. We are currently working towards building over a million square feet of reef by 2025, restoring dying coral reefs back to diverse and sustainable ecosystems, and strengthening the communities that rely on them.