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.
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.
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Ashley is a marine bioecologist specialized in endangered marine species and marine conservation. She has participated in a diverse variety of projects including cetacean shipboard and aerial surveys, the development of mapping applications for endangered species conservation, and offshore wind surveys. Her current research is focused on the exploration and development of marine conservation opportunities as they relate to offshore energy initiatives.
Kyralai is a surfer, nature lover, and an ocean conservation advocate. As an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley majoring in Society and Environment, she focuses projects on international marine policy and science. For her internship at Reef Life Foundation, Kyralai helps with blog writing and invertebrate identification. One day she hopes to pursue a career intersecting ocean policy, science, and sustainable development in order to protect marine ecosystems around the world.