[Coral-List] Paul Jokiel

Paul Sammarco psammarco at lumcon.edu
Wed May 4 10:38:13 EDT 2016

Dear Steve,

I came in to work this morning to find your highly distressing note about
Paul Jokiel's passing.  I am absolutely heart-broken.  Paul was a great
scientist.  His scientific ideas, which he shared with us over the decades,
were brilliant and still stand strong today.  This is the mark of great
science.  In addition, he was a wonderful person with an open, loving heart
and soul.  He gave from his heart so freely, and his spirituality ran deep.
He will be sorely missed.  

My very deepest and sincere sympathies to his family.  

With best wishes,

Paul W. Sammarco

Paul W. Sammarco, Ph.D.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
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Chauvin, LA  70344-2110

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psammarco at lumcon.edu

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From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Steve Coles
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 2:23 PM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] Paul Jokiel

We regret to inform the coral science community that Dr. Paul Jokiel passed
away late last week in Washington D. C. where he was participating in a NSF
proposal review panel. Paul was a brilliant scientist and great humanitarian
who contributed greatly to marine science and coral biology. His research
covered a wide range of coral reef ecology and management topics that
included landmark work in identifying coral-algal thermal limits that
provided a basis for understanding coral bleaching, and the importance of UV
radiation in determining the composition of reef communities. He developed
or improved many simple but effective methodologies that are used in coral
or reef studies, including buoyant weighing, clod cards for measuring water
motion, and CO2 dispersion techniques. He developed t and implemented he
first widespread coral reef monitoring program in Hawai'i that will continue
to provide needed information on the condition of Hawai'i's reefs. Other
areas of research were rafting on floating objects as a means of coral
movement and distribution over long distances, coral capacity for re-growth
after apparent mortality, the importance of watershed management to corals
and reefs, and the long term prospects of coral and reef survival under
climate change. At age 75 he was still active and hard at work, leading a
group of Ph. D's and grad students that recently received a three year NSF
grant to continue their research on the effects of ocean acidification on
coral growth, survival and diversity.

As important as his personal research was, it was perhaps superseded by his
influence on colleagues and students. For years Paul organized and ran the
Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology Summer Program, where dozens of grad
students came to conduct projects directed or advised by him and other
invited researchers. Many of these students are now prominent coral
scientists and look back on Paul as their first mentor in the field. In that
program and at all other times, Paul always was always available to explore,
explain, and encourage everyone who sought him out with an idea or a
problem. He always had time to help others, including over 50 individuals he
sponsored in 12-step programs over the past 30 years. His positive outlook
on life and compassion will live on in the legacy he leaves behind.

Much more can and will be said in a memoriam to be submitted to Reef
Encounter. For now we are all deeply saddened and will miss Paul terribly,
and we extend our regrets to his family and many, many friends.

Steve Coles, Ku'ulei Rodgers, and the entire HIMB Coral Ecology Lab

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