Research Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Principle Investigator, Reef Recovery Initiative
Dr. Mary Hagedorn received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has been a Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution for the past 17 years. She has worked in aquatic ecosystems around the world from the Amazon to Africa, has taught many university-level classes, and lectures frequently to lay audiences. In the past years, she has received several research grants from the National Institutes of Health to support her research and has collaborators in over 30 institutions throughout the world. In 2000, she received the prestigious George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Theoretic Sciences and was nominated for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Her passion and dedication to coral conservation is the driving force behind the Reef Recovery Initiative.