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Council Member

Joan Kleypas

Marine Ecologist/Geologist

A marine ecologist and geologist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Joanie Kleypas specializes in the interactions between marine ecosystems and climate, especially on the impacts on coral reefs of changes in temperature and changes in seawater chemistry. Her seminal 1999 paper, published in Science, awakened the science community in the United States to the seriousness of ocean acidification. Her testimony before Congress helped ensure passage of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act in 2009. She is highly regarded for her collaborative style and for making scientific knowledge accessible to concerned stakeholders and policymakers. In 2011, she received a Heinz Award for her pioneering research into the effect of climate change on coral reefs, and her work benefiting the environment.