Kristen Marhaver

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Kristen Marhaver is a marine biologist studying coral reefs and specializing in coral ecology, reproduction, and conservation.[1][2] Dr. Marhaver is a senior scientist at CARMABI (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity) Marine Research Station.[2] Marhaver was part of the group of scientists that successfully used frozen coral sperm to fertilize live coral eggs and grow the offspring in nurseries.[1] Some of the sperm and eggs were from geographically isolated corals (but of the same species).[1] Their success allows for the possibility of breeding corals to be more resistant to increasing ocean water temperatures by breeding corals that already survive at warmer temperatures with those that live at colder temperatures. [1]


Dr. Marhaver received a Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.) in Applied Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology.[3] Marhaver received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Marine Biology from the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.[4] Dr. Marhaver was a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying coral ecology and reproduction at the CARMABI (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity) Marine Research Station.[4]


Dr. Marhaver is a coral biologist researching how corals live and reproduce.[5] Dr. Marhaver has done two TED talks (2015 and 2017) on corals and coral reef restoration.[5] As of October 2019 Dr. Marhaver has a Google scholar h-index of 10. [6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Barott, K. L., Rodriguez‐Brito, B., Janouškovec, J., Marhaver, K. L., Smith, J. E., Keeling P., Rohwer, F. L. 2011. Microbial diversity associated with four functional groups of benthic reef algae and the reef‐building coral Montastraea annularis. Environmental microbiology 13 (5), 1192–1204.
  • Vermeij, M. J.A., Marhaver, K. L., Huijbers, C. M., Nagelkerken, I., Simpson, S. D. 2010. Coral larvae move toward reef sounds. PloS one 5 (5), e10660.
  • Marhaver, K. L., Edwards, R. A., Rohwer, F. 2008. Viral communities associated with healthy and bleaching corals. Environmental Microbiology 10 (9), 2277–2286.
  • Barott, K. L., Rodriguez-Mueller, B., Youle, M., Marhaver, K. L., Vermeij, M. J.A., Smith, J. E., Rohwer, F. L. 2011. Microbial to reef scale interactions between the reef-building coral Montastraea annularis and benthic algae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1733), 1655–1664.
  • Marhaver, K. L., Vermeij, M. J.A., Rohwer, F., Sandin, S. A. 2013. Janzen‐Connell effects in a broadcast‐spawning Caribbean coral: distance‐dependent survival of larvae and settlers. Ecology 94 (1), 146–160.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • TED Senior Fellow.[5]
  • National Geographic Explorer 2019.[7]
  • WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Fellow.[5]
  • 2016 WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Sea Award recipient.[4]
  • World Economic Forum Young Scientist.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Ault, Alicia. "To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Miles". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  2. ^ a b Hettermann, Kristin. "A Bulwark against Reef Destruction in a Warming World". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  3. ^ "Dr. Kristen Marhaver |". Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  4. ^ a b c "Kristen Marhaver". WINGS WorldQuest. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  5. ^ a b c d e Marhaver, Kristen. "Kristen Marhaver | Speaker | TED". Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  6. ^ "Kristen Marhaver – Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  7. ^ Society, National Geographic. "Find a National Geographic Explorer". Retrieved 2019-10-19.