Dr. David I. Kline is a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. David grew up in Southern California and received his BS from Carleton College in Minnesota and his PhD from SIO. He did postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and at the University of Queensland, Australia. He was a research biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD from 2011-2019. He has led or co-authored over 50 high impact peer-reviewed publications with over 4800 citations and an h-index of 31. David is a coral reef ecologist who studies the fate of coral reefs in a rapidly changing world. He studies the ecology of corals and reef communities, and how reefs will change under the plethora of stresses they face, both local (e.g. pollution and disease) and global (warming and ocean acidification). He regularly collaborates with engineers, computer scientists, chemists, and physiologists to find new and ingenious ways to protect the future of coral reefs by developing new and innovative conservation technologies.