Rich Karp was recently awarded the Master of Professional Science Award for Excellence in Ocean Stewardship. Karp, B.S. Chemistry, 2014, is a graduate of Penn State’s scientific diving program.
Karp won the award for his research at the University of Miami, while completing a graduate degree in Professional Science, Exploration Science.
The award acknowledges “a student in the Master of Professional Science program who exemplifies ocean stewardship” by developing a project that is designed “to address an important marine conservation issue.” Rich’s cutting-edge research identified genotypes of heat-tolerant staghorn coral that can be successfully transplanted from a coral nursery to warm ocean waters. His findings will be used to enhance reef restoration through the planting of the heat-tolerant corals he identified.