Mary Hagedorn

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Mary Hagedorn
Photo of Mary Hagedorn working in the field with coral species
Mary Hagedorn working in the field with coral species
Born Mary Margaret Hagedorn
(1954-09-12) September 12, 1954 (age 62)
Long Island Sound, Connecticut
Nationality USA
Fields Physiology, Marine Biology
Institutions Research Scientist at National Zoological Park and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Affiliate Faculty at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Alma mater Bachelor's and master's degrees from Tufts University, Ph.D from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California
Known for Pioneering and refining a new process in aquatic cryopreservation: the freezing of coral sperm and eggs for future use
Notable awards Received the George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Theoretic Sciences in 2000 and nominated as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation in 2005

Mary Margaret Hagedorn (born September 12, 1954) is a US marine biologist specialised in physiology who has developed a conservation program for coral species, using the principles of cryobiology, the study of cellular systems under cold conditions, and cryopreservation, the freezing of sperm and embryos.[1]


Mary Hagedorn grew up in Long Island Sound, Connecticut, where she developed an interest in oceans and sea life.[2] From then on, Hagedorn knew she wanted a job in aquatic species research. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Biology from Tufts University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.[1] Upon graduation, Hagedorn studied fish physiology.[2]

After a trip to the Amazon left two of her colleagues dead, Hagedorn reached a turning point in her career. She decided to stop studying electric fish and focus her physiological efforts on coral, which were impacted by the warming of the oceans.[2]


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