[Coral-List] Paul Jokiel

SIVIWE ELVIS siviweelvis at yahoo.com
Wed May 4 16:24:05 EDT 2016

Thanks Steve for this information.

As much as the news are leaving us sad especially young science graduate like me, I can confess and confirm I have been looking at his (Paul Jokiel) research work which has contributed to my research skills and knowledge particularly on corals and zooxanthellae symbiosis. Meaning, there is so much we can celebrate about him including his legacy and recordings. 

Best regards

Siviwe Elvis Babane

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On Tue, 5/3/16, Steve Coles <slcoles at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:

 Subject: [Coral-List] Paul Jokiel
 To: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
 Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:23 PM
 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 superseded by his influence on colleagues and students.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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