Dr. Nancy Knowlton

Dr. Nancy Knowlton holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on

Thanks for the encouraging words! You can find quite a bit of information about what research the Smithsonian does on coral reefs at various sites on the Ocean Portal. Blogs by Laetitia Plaisance on acidification in Papua New Guinea, by Trish Mace and by Maggy Hunter Benson on biodiversity in Curacao and Indonesia, and by me on coral spawning in Panama are some examples. Also on the portal are stories about Chris Meyer’s work in Moorea, where he and others are trying to get a genetic barcode for all marine (and terrestrial) life. Finally, there is quite a lot of research by many Smithsonian scientists and guest researchers at the Smithsonian labs in Fort Pierce (Florida), Carrie Bow Cay (Belize), and Bocas del Toro (Panama). That should get you started! Nancy Knowlton

Submitted by Ron in Lake City, Floida (not verified) on

Thanks Dr. Knowlton for the informative interview with Gwen Ifel at PBS tonight. I would have enjoyed hearing more about what the Smithsonian is doing in the area of reef study. Thanks again,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I just attended a wonderful presentation by Dr. Knowlton, brimming full knowledge and passion about her work with the reef over the past 3 decades, powerful, inspiring and still frightening. many thanks to Dr. Knowlton. Regards: Paul Taylor