We are an international nonprofit organization sponsoring researchers all over the world in their conservation and education initiatives. The mission of Earthwatch Institute is to promote the sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships among scientists, the general public, educators, and businesses. EW expeditions are ongoing research projects confronting critical, current issues, run by qualified and respected members of the scientific community.? We recruit volunteers to pay a share of the research coast for the opportunity to work side by side with the researchers, assisting them in their field research.? We are currently sponsoring several researchers with an ecosystem/biodiversity/conservation focus on coral reefs.