Dr. C. Mark Eakin is Coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, an effort focused on the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems through satellite, in situ, and paleoenvironmental observations. A coral reef specialist, with a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami, Dr. Eakin has published on various topics in coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change and other disturbance on coral reefs. This includes El Niño impacts on eastern Pacific coral reefs in coral reef ecology and carbonate budgets, thermal stress and coral bleaching, ocean acidification, oil spills, coral paleoclimatology, and the behavior of marine organisms. He co-chairs the US Coral Reef Task Force’s Climate Change Working Group and has briefed and testified before the US Congress on climate change impacts. He is a Councillor for the International Society for Reef Studies and member and advisor to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.