Prof. Andrew Baker is a marine biologist whose research focuses on coral reefs and climate change. He directs the Coral Reef Futures Lab at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, focusing on the development and testing of methods to increase coral reef resilience.
He also leads a new Miami-based project (X-reefs) to develop next-generation hybrid reefs that combine the wave-protection benefits of artificial structures with the ecological benefits of coral reefs. The X-reefs project incorporates novel structural designs and materials, ecological engineering, and adaptive biology approaches to develop self-building and self-repairing reef structures that are resilient to climate and other disturbances.
Dr. Baker is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and a former Fulbright Scholar, adjunct faculty member of Columbia University, Fellow of the Explorers Club, and Inventor-in-Residence at the Frost Museum of Science in Miami. He recently served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs. Prof. Baker has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami.