Dr. Knowlton received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of California at
She holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History,
where her research focuses on the ecology, evolution and conservation of coral reef organisms.
She was a professor at Yale University prior to moving to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in
Panama, where she worked for 14 years. She then joined the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University
of California at San Diego, where she was the founding Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation.
She is an elected fellow and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. In 2009 she received the Peter Benchley Award for science in the
service of marine conservation, and in 2011 she received the Heinz Award for leadership in the field of the environment.
She is the author of "Citizens of the Sea", published by the National Geographic Society.
In 2013, Dr. Knowlton was elected to the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences.
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