Valerie Paul

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Valerie J. Paul is the Director of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce[1] since 2002 and the Head Scientist of the Chemical Ecology Program. She is interested in marine chemical ecology, and specializes in researching the ecology and chemistry of Cyanobacteria, blue-green algae, booms. She has been a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1996, and was the chairperson of the Marine Natural Products Gordon Research Conference in 2000.

Valerie J. Paul
Alma materUniversity of California at San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
Scientific career
FieldsMarine Ecology
InstitutionsSmithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce University of Guam Marine Laboratory

Life and career[edit]

Paul graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1979 with a BA in Biology and Studies in Chemical Ecology and then in 1985 with a PhD in Marine Biology at the University of San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She started working at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory in 1985, became director of the laboratory in 1991 until 1994, and then full professor in 1993.[2] In 2002 she accepted a position at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce as Head Scientist and Director of the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems.[3]

She researches marine chemical ecology, marine plant and herbivore interactions, coral reef ecology, and the ecological roles of marine natural products. More specifically in her coral reef ecology research she studies the impact of cyanobacterial bloom on coral reefs and larvae of reef building corals.[3][4]

She has been a council member of the International Society for Reef Studies from 1992-1996, advisory editor for Coral Reefs since 1993, a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Natural Products from 2004 to 2008, and a member of the California Sea Grant Committee from 2000 to 2001 and 2006 to 2007. She was also elected and served as the chair for the Marine Natural Products Gordon Research Conference in 2000 and as the vice-chair in 1998 and she was the program director of the NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support Grant from 1990 to 2002. Paul was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1996.[5][3]

Select publications[edit]

Paul is the author or co-author of more than 275 papers and review articles.[2] Listed here are the top 10 cited of her papers of all time:

References[edit]

  1. ^ [NULL]. "COSEE Ocean Systems: Directory". cosee.umaine.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  2. ^ a b ORCID. "Valerie Paul (0000-0002-4691-1569) - ORCID | Connecting Research and Researchers". orcid.org. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Valerie Paul Staff Page". www.sms.si.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  4. ^ KapsalisE; Kapsalis, Effie (2017-05-31). "Wonderful Women Wednesday: Dr. Valerie Paul". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  5. ^ "NOAA Ocean Explorer". oceanexplorer.noaa.gov. Retrieved 2018-08-15.