The basis of this proposal is to understand the relationship between select UV filters and coral bleaching and provide a framework for additional research. Coral reefs are home to a diversity of marine life and are keystones to major coastal economies around the world. Oxybenzone and butylparaben are major ingredients found in sunscreen that induces coral bleaching to major coral reefs. To alleviate the negative effects, this proposal will attempt to better understand how oxybenzone and butylparaben facilitates coral bleaching and develop an effective and environmentally fair sunscreen. The research proposed will be funded by donors to cover research, lab, rental, and transportation costs. The proposal was created by the frameworks of prior researchers and studies done previously.
Lee, B. K., Corvalan, N., & Saraum, J. Z. (2018). The Controversy of Sunscreen Ingredients: Examining the Relationship Between Oxybenzone and Butylparaben on Stylophorum Pistillata. Exigence, 2 (1). Retrieved from https://commons.vccs.edu/exigence/vol2/iss1/3