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David Kline

Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

David Kline

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 the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD). He did a postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and at the University of Queensland, Australia. He was a research biologist at SIO, UCSD from 2011-2019. He has led or co-authored over 50 high impact peer-reviewed publications with over 5200 citations. 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

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