Steve Palumbi visits HKU

Stanford marine scientist visits the University of Hong Kong

by TNP Editor 2015-10-7

In a lagoon around Ofu, an island in the South Pacific, marine biologist Steve Palumbi is snorkeling. Here, the sea temperature is much warmer, and Steve could stay in all day. While warm water is good for humans it is not so good for corals. With the heat, these corals shouldn’t have lived. Instead, they are thriving, and Steve wants to know why.

Through DNA analysis, Steve discovers that these corals survive by changing their gene expression. That, according to Steve, may offer hope for corals here and elsewhere to withstand the impact of climate change.

As Professor of Biology and Director of Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University, Steve has been advancing marine sciences, protecting natural resources, and educating and raising awareness for conservation.

From the depths of the Pacific to the shallows of the Bahamas, Steve has studied the extreme animals of the ocean, leading the life of an action scientist that many of us could only dream of. To preserve natural resources for future generations, Steve pens blueprints for implementing marine protected areas. To educate, Steve teaches and produces films that inform the world.

To raise awareness, Steve writes books and articles that tell vivid and reviving stories of the sea.  A scientist and a lifelong discoverer, Steve once said:

“What I love the most about being a scientist is discovering things. Finding out new facts that nobody knows. Then telling people about it in a way that makes them care a little more…  I have the best job in the whole world!”

The Nature Pacific Foundation is proud to be the co-sponsor of this keynote presentation at the University of Hong Kong on October 7, 2015.