[Juvenile French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)] [National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research (NCORE)]

[Overview][Documents][Director][Science Advisory Committee]


Peter W. Glynn
Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries


Ph.D. (1963) Stanford University

Honors and Professional Activities:
* Phi Beta Kappa
* C. Darwin Medal, ISRS (1992)
* Pacific Science Association
* International Society for Reef Studies, Council Member
* Executive Council, Charles Darwin Research Foundation
* Bert Paper Award, Coral Reefs, vol. 8 with L. D�Croz, International Society for Reef Studies
* Sigma Xi Scientist of the year, University of Miami

Research Interests

Research activities center on coral community structure and function with emphasis on natural and anthropogenic disturbances to coral reefs. Major attention has been directed toward an analysis of the impacts of the 1982-83 El Ni�o warming event on eastern Pacific coral reefs. The severely affected coral reefs in the eastern Pacific region are being study with respect to (1) initial and long-term disturbance effects (predation, competition, symbiosis, bioerosion), (2) causes of coral bleaching and mortality, (3) coral community recovery, and (4) records of El Ni�o disturbances in the past, based on evidence from core drilling, sclerochronology, stable isotope and trace metal signals.

Representative Publications

Glynn, P.W., R. Imai, K. Sakai, Y. Nakano, and K. Yamazato (1992) Experimental responses of Okinawan (Ryukyu Islands, Japan) reef corals to high sea temperatures and UV radiation. Proc. 7th Int. Coral Reef Symp. 1:27-37

Glynn, P.W. (1997) Bioersion and coral-reef growth; a dynamic balance. Pp. 68-95 In: C.Birkeland (ed.) Life and Death of Coral Reefs, Chapman & Hall, New York.

Glynn, P.W. (1996) Coral reef bleaching: facts, hypotheses and implications. Global change Biology 2:495-509.

Glynn, P.W., Colley, S.B., Gassman, N.J., K. Black, J. Cortes, and J.L. Mate (1996) Reef coral reproduction in the eastern Pacific: Costa Rica, Panama, and Galapagos Islands(Ecuador). III. Agariciidae (Pavona gigantez and Gardineroseris planulata). Marine Biology, 125:579-601.

Glynn, P.W., J.E.N.Veron, and G.M. Wellington (1996) Clipperton Atoll (eastern Pacific): oceanography, geomorphology, reef-building coral ecology and biogeography. Coral Reefs 15:71-99.

Glynn, P.W. (1993) Coral reef bleaching: ecological perspectives. Coral Reefs 12:1-17.


Prof. Peter Glynn
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Telephone: 305/361-4134
[email protected]



NCORE * University of Miami * Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science 
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway * Miami, FL USA 33149-1098