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.