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Rosenstiel School's 'Pied Piper' Wins Provosts' Award

Professor's work focuses on coral reefs

By: Troy Kurtz // Contributing News Writer

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: News
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Peter Glynn, a professor at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, was awarded the 2007-2008 Provosts' Award for Scholarly Activity. The award recognizes extraordinary research and scholarly pursuits, and provides the recipient with cash to be used for continued research.

The award was presented to Glynn on April 14 at a luncheon in the new School of Nursing. This marks the second time Glynn has received this honor as he was also given the award when it was first introduced in 1996.

"Peter is a 'Pied Piper' for our undergraduate marine science program," said Otis Brown, dean of the Rosenstiel School. "We are very appreciative of his dedication and his continuing contributions to our undergraduate students."

Glynn has had a distinguished scientific career, making many significant contributions to the ecology of coral reefs. Since the early 1980s, Glynn's research has focused on coral reef disturbance ecology in the equatorial eastern Pacific, including extensive work in Panama, Galapagos Islands, and Easter Island.

For example, he documented the relationship between El Nino and sea warming events, and the coral bleaching and death that comes as a result. This work laid the foundation for current studies that link coral reef degradation globally to global climate change.

Glynn's present research concentrates on the biological erosion of dead reef formations, coral reproduction and recruitment, coral reef recovery, and the effects of these processes on reef biodiversity.

Among his many national and international recognitions are the Charles Darwin Medal for Reef Studies, a Sigma Xi "Scientist of the Year" award, and his designation as Scholar in Residence at the National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research.

Troy Kurtz may be contacted at t.kurtz2@umiami.edu.
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