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In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, NBC News is highlighting 20 individuals who are making our communities and nation better in a series they are calling #NBCLatino20. FIU Marine Scientist Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty is one of the 20 individuals highlighted for his passionate work on coral nurseries.

A little over a year ago, he embarked on a project along with the Coral Restoration Foundation to study whether corals in deep waters can be used to repopulate reefs in shallow waters that are vanishing. “Having studied corals for more than 25 years, over the last 15 years I have seen a decline,” said Dr. Rodriguez-Lanetty.

Read the full story on his research and how his coral passion began.