Stephen A. Karl is an Associate Researcher at the Hawaii
Institute of Marine Biology. His interests
in marine biology began as a child jumping from tide pool to
tide pool in New England. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from
the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981 and worked
on a variety of marine ecology projects in southern California
until entering graduate school at the University of Georgia in
1987. Steve earned his Ph.D. in genetics in 1992 and was a National
Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University
working on population genetics of hydrothermal vent animals.
He was a faculty member at the University of South Florida from
1993 to 2005 when he moved to Hawaii. Steve’s research blends
his interests and expertise in ecology and genetics to help better
understand the biology of marine vertebrates and invertebrates.