Senior Research Scientist, the Smithsonian Institution & Director, Reef Recovery Initiative
Dr. Mary Hagedorn received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is a Senior Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution. She has worked in aquatic ecosystems around the world from the Amazon to Africa, has taught many university-level classes, lectures frequently to lay audiences, maintains an active laboratory with graduate students and post docs, and is a successful researcher and active grant writer.
In the past years, she has received several multi-million dollar research grants from government agencies and foundations 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, in 2005 she was nominated for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and was a 2012 finalist for the Rolex Award for Enterprise.
Dr. Hagedorn has created the first genome repository for endangered coral species in the Caribbean, Hawaii and The Great Barrier Reef and has distributed this germplasm to frozen banks around the world. Today, she is the Director of the Reef Recovery Initiative, a global coral conservation program.