Tuesday, October 2, 2018

College of Charleston professor wins Emmy for work on Chasing Coral doc

Netflix documentary examined reef off Florida coast

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 12:52 PM

click to enlarge Phil Dustan, left, showing Richard Vevers the destruction of Carysfort Reef - SCREENGRAB FROM NETFLIX'S CHASING CORAL
  • Screengrab from Netflix's Chasing Coral
  • Phil Dustan, left, showing Richard Vevers the destruction of Carysfort Reef
College of Charleston biology professor Phil Dustan has won an Emmy for his contributions to the Netflix film Chasing Coral. The film won Outstanding Nature Documentary during the 39th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony on Mon., Oct. 1.

Dustan is featured showing the filmmakers the destruction of Carysfort Reef off the coast of Florida. He has studied the Carysfort since the '70s and specializes in ecology and vitality of corals and reef communities. Dustan has developed new techniques for monitoring reefs and has collaborated on developing molecular stress markers for assessing coral health.

The Netflix original documentary is about a team of divers, photographers, and marine biologists who travel the world to document coral reefs dying due to rising temperatures. It won a Peabody Award for "bringing climate change and its deadly consequences into sharp and immediate focus."

From the press release: In Chasing Coral, Dustan gives the audience a different view of climate change, asking, "Do we need trees? Do we need forests? Do we need reefs? Or do we just sort of want to live in the ashes of all of it?"

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