I'm a coral biologist living in the Caribbean, studying the needs/desires/talents of coral larvae, i.e., the coral reefs of the future. My research is both basic (studying ecological principles on reefs) and applied (inventing new reef restoration approaches). I'm also working to increase the power of scientific information in society by rethinking how scientists publish and organize their knowledge. Some Credentials: B.S. from Georgia Tech, Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ocean Sciences, Professional Certificate in Art and the Creative Process from UCSD Extension, plus the generally-useless ability to sort coral larvae into statistically-distinct size classes with a glass pipette.
TEDActive 2014, TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TEDGlobal 2012
Areas of Expertise
Coral Biology, Science Communication, Marine Conservation
An idea worth spreading
Formal mentoring and coaching relationships help make graduate school less intimidating, especially for individuals from the groups most under-represented in the sciences, for whom the traditions of academia are most mysterious. Because the rules, expectations, and strategies for survival in science are usually implied and rarely spoken, new entrants into academia benefit from knowing they have an official, formal advocate and sounding board to help them navigate into their profession. Why not assign all incoming graduate students an upper-class student mentor? It only takes and hour to arrange and it might help to patch the leaky pipeline that lets so many great minds leave science before they've even become scientists.
I'm passionate about
making science matter in decision-making, understanding how corals work, win-win conservation scenarios, diversity above and below the water, observing the art that nature creates, fixing things
Talk to me about
coral reefs, languages, painters, promoting diversity in science, making information matter in the information age, the Awesome Caribbean, a coral reef you can help us protect
People don't know I'm good at
...the 100 meter hurdles!