Dr. Erinn Muller is one of the most prominent researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and a leading expert on coral health, disease, and restoration science. She has studied coral health and disease for over 15 years in many places throughout the world including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Florida Keys, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia, and has published 27 peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters. Dr. Muller wears many hats, including Science Director of Mote’s Keys campus and Manager of two coral research programs at Mote.
Dr. Muller is one of the primary researchers in a national response to a devastating coral disease in Florida’s Coral Reef, working to identify the cause of the disease and outline a plan for recovery. This disease event is the largest outbreak ever recorded worldwide; the work of Dr. Muller and her team is more important than ever to save Florida’s Coral Reef, which provides over 78,000 jobs and $8 billion to Florida’s economy.
She also leads Mote’s restoration work, and in 2019 alone, Mote’s team outplanted over 25,000 coral fragments onto degraded reefs. By incorporating fragments that are resistant to high temperatures, lower acidity, and disease, Mote’s coral outplants are more likely to survive in an ocean altered by climate change. Dr. Muller’s work in both coral disease research and restoration science in the Florida Keys can be applied and used in restoration efforts for coral reefs around the world.
- Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2019)
- Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Research and Monitoring Member Chair (2020)
- Co-Chair of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Disease Advisory Committee Restoration Team
- Young Scientist Award, International Coral Reef Society (2015)
- 27 peer-reviewed publications
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