Dr. Kristen Marhaver is a marine biologist studying the ecology, reproduction and juvenile behavior of Caribbean reef corals in order to help restore the damaged signals and factors that corals need to survive. She is developing new settlement surfaces, bacterial probiotic tools and rearing strategies for juvenile corals, including threatened species. Marhaver's research has been covered by over 300 national and international media outlets including NPR and BBC. Her honors include five fellowships and grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, four awards for science communication and a TED Senior Fellowship. Marhaver earned her Ph.D. from the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is currently an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the CARMABI Research Station on the island of Curaçao.
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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 22: Marla Spivak working with bees she is studying on September 22, 2010 in St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Jayme Halbritte/Getty Images for MacArthur Foundation)