2021 Scientist of the Year Mark Hixon to explore
“How Science Can Help Save Hawai‘i’s Coral Reefs"
Professor Hixon holds the Sidney and Erika Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology and chairs the Zoology Graduate Program in the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Life Sciences. An expert in marine ecology and conservation biology, he has studied coral reefs in many locales around the world and appeared in TED talks and PBS TV’s Saving the Oceans.
After completing graduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hawai‘i, Dr. Hixon was a professor at Oregon State University for 28 years before being recruited back to UH in 2013. His research explores what determines the number of fish in the sea, how so many different species coexist and how marine reserves and artificial reefs help conserve sea life and enhance fisheries. In 2004 he was recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information Citation Index as the most cited scientific author on coral-reef ecology in the United States. A Fulbright Senior Scholar, Aldo Leopold Fellow and Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society, he serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and chaired NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and NSF’s Ocean Sciences Advisory Committee.