Dr. Stephen Cairns

Preview Dr. Stephen Cairns, a Smithsonian research zoologist, studies deep-water corals.
(Margaret Cairns)

Dr. Stephen Cairns is a research zoologist and chair of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on the diversity, distribution, and evolution of deep-water corals—both fossil and living. Learn all about deep sea corals in our feature on Corals in Cold Water