- ACCRETE Intern
Patrick Kiel graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami in May 2020. Kiel has joined ACCRETE for a year-long internship as a research assistant with the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School. He previously collaborated with ACCRETE during his senior thesis where he examined the structural and mechanical properties of the threatened coral Acropora cervicornis and the effects of nursery grow-out platforms on the corals' mechanical strength. Kiel will be combining his coral background and previous coding experience to work with ACCRETE on a database tool for coral nurseries to catalog and compare phenotypic properties of staghorn coral genotypes to enhance and promote informed restoration efforts for the Coral Reef Conservation Program's (CRCP's) coral restoration pillar.