‘Devoted to the Ocean’

FAU Alumni Alex J. Schulze ’14 and Andrew J. Cooper ’13 are the founders of Devocean, a Boca Raton-based jewelry and apparel company. The name, Devocean, is a shortened version of “Devoted to the Ocean” and Alex and Andrew certainly are. Both men grew up with a love for water. They spent their childhoods fishing, boating, and diving. After they graduated from FAU, Alex and Andrew started their business and pledged it would help save our oceans and the lifeforms in it.

“As avid watermen, Alex and I have seen the terrible decline in the oceans resources, from fish to sea turtles,” Andrew said. “Using the education and knowledge we acquired from FAU’s College of Business, we came up with the idea to launch a brand that would give back.”

Since its founding in 2015, Devocean has given back 20 percent of their profits to the FAU Marine Research Lab at Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex and the nonprofit organization Friends of Gumbo Limbo. In the short time that the business has been open, Devocean has contributed close to $30,000 towards sea turtle conservation at FAU.

Their contributions help provide equipment and supplies needed to care for and study sea turtle hatchlings in the facility lead by Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, and Michael Salmon, Ph.D., research professor of biological sciences, in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

“Alex and Andrew came along at a key time,” Dr. Wyneken said. “Our sea turtle projects include long-term studies that are the foundation of conservation. Their support allows us to continue the baseline work, try innovative approaches, and continue to train the next generations of marine conservation biologists.”

Alex and Andrew have a vision of a world where our oceans are clean and free from pollution. They hope to raise awareness about the growing fragility of marine habitats, as well as sea turtle conservation efforts, and encourage people to take immediate action.

“Devocean is contributing to an optimistic future for sea turtles and their ocean world,” Dr. Wyneken said.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Wyneken and the Research Lab,” Andrew said. “Keep up the great work!”

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