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Published:September 20th, 2010 15:17 EST
Judyth Piazza and Dr. Nancy Knowlton Discuss the Census of Coral Reefs Research Project and BP Oil Spill

Judyth Piazza and Dr. Nancy Knowlton Discuss the Census of Coral Reefs Research Project and BP Oil Spill

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Dr. Nancy Knowlton founded and directs the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC), and holds the John Dove Isaacs Chair in Natural Philosophy at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego. Her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of coral reef organisms using a variety of techniques, including molecular genetics, field studies, and mathematical modeling. Her analyses have led to the now widespread recognition that estimates of marine diversity are probably too low by a factor of ten.

Dr. Knowlton received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley.  She served as a professor at Yale University prior to moving to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where she continues to maintain a part-time position.

She currently serves on the National Geographic Society`s Committee on Research and Exploration and Conservation Trust Committee, chairs the World Bank`s Targeted Research Program for Coral Reefs, and acts as one of three principle investigators of the Census of Marine Life`s Coral Reef Initiative - CReefs - together with Julian Caley of AIMS and Rusty Brainard of NOAA.  Dr. Knowlton also received a fellowship to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recognition as an Aldo Leopold Fellow.

http://www.cmbc.ucsd.edu