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Adjunct Faculty, Smithsonian Institution/Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Dr. Mary Hagedorn received her Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has been a Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution for the past 17 years. She has worked in aquatic ecosystems around the world from the Amazon to Africa, has taught many university-level classes, lectures frequently to lay audiences, maintains an active laboratory with graduate students and post docs, and is a successful researcher and active grant writer. In the past years, she has received several multi-million dollar research grants from the National Institutes of Health to support her research and has collaborators in over 30 institutions throughout the US, Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. In 2000, she received the prestigious George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Theoretic Sciences and in 2005 she was nominated for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, and she sits on the scientific boards of conservation and governmental organizations. Dr. Hagedorn is a marine physiologist whose work has broad conservation implications. In her current research, she has developed parallel research interests related to the conservation of fish and coral species using cryobiology- the study of cells under cold conditions. In this approach, cells are frozen and placed into liquid nitrogen where they can remain frozen, but alive for decades in a genetic bank. Dr. Hagedorn has created the first genome repository for endangered coral species and has distributed this germplasm to three banks around the world. If necessary, these banks could one day help reseed our oceans.