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Lophelia.org is run by J Murray Roberts and Laura Wicks at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The site was first launched in September 2005 as part of the Deep-sea Conservation for the UK project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The first site was designed by Rory MacKinnon and developed by Andrew J Davies and J Murray Roberts the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

The site quickly grew in popularity and within a year of its 2005 launch was reviewed by Science's Netwatch column. In the years since its launch we have continuously added to the site with news and developments in cold-water coral research and conservation around the world.

Five years after it first went online Lophelia.org was extensively redesigned by the Glasgow-based web design company Small-Media-Large and the content updated with exciting new Case Studies, videos and games. 

Support for Lophelia.org comes from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Heriot-Watt University.

Lophelia.org is a contribution to the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and part of Heriot-Watt University's contribution to the European HERMIONE project.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about any of the site's content or if you would like to write a new Case Study from your part of the world or get us to link to your cold-water coral webpages.