NCAR scientist gets $100,000 for work on coral reef

Joan Kleypas Among 10 Given Heinz Awards For Work On Environment

A Colorado scientist is one of 10 winners of the Heinz Award, which this year recognized those whose work benefited the environment.

Joan Kleypas of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., was recognized for research on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs.

Each prize this year is worth $100,000.

Teresa Heinz told The Associated Press that the awards recognized innovative approaches to serious topics for a reason.

The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation has presented the awards since 1994 in memory of Sen. John Heinz III. The awards will be presented at a private ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

This is what the Heinz Award said of Kleypas:

“A lifelong passion for the oceans led Dr. Joan Kleypas to groundbreaking research that has changed our understanding of the role humans play in tropic coral reef ecosystems. Her early work on understanding acidification of our ocean waters caused by the absorption of carbon dioxide has been a clarion call to us all about the devastating impact climate factors have on coral reefs.

The Denver Channel, 13 September 2011. Full article.

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