Patrick Kiel

Research Interests

The impacts of global climate change on coral growth

Biophysical relationships of coral morphology, physiology, and its fluid environment

Scaling restoration efforts with open-source technology

Patrick Kiel

PhD Student, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“Coral reefs generate tremendous economic and cultural value, but the persistence of these services is threatened by climate change. My work integrates across disciplines to understand coral reef persistence and to enhance the efficacy of restoration efforts.”

Patrick Kiel is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science studying coral calcification under the joint advisement of Drs. Ian Enochs (NOAA AOML – OCED), Vivek Prakash (University of Miami – Department of Physics), and Prannoy Suranei (University of Miami – Department of Civil and Architecture Engineering). Previously, Patrick served as the AOML Coral Program Intern (2020-2022). During this internship, he built and designed the Acropora cervicornis Data Coordination hub (AcDC), a webtool and relational database to connect disparate datasets and better understand intraspecific variation for the benefit of coral restoration. Patrick translates this collective research to the conservation and restoration of coral ecosystems through citizen-science, decision support tools, and education.

Current Work

  • PhD Student, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science January 2022- Present
  • AOML Coral Program Intern October 2020-December 2021

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2020, B.S. Marine Science and Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

2022-Present, Ph.D. Marine Biology & Ecology, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL

  1. Kiel PM, Formel N, Jankulak M, Baker AC, Cunning R, Gilliam DS, Kenkel CD, Langdon C, Lirman D, Lustic C, Maxwell K, Moulding AL, Moura A, Muller EM, Schopmeyer S, Winters RS, Enochs IC (2023) Acropora cervicornisData Coordination Hub, an open access database for evaluating genet performance. Bulletin of Marine Science (100):xxx-xxx. doi:10.5343/bms.2022.0064
  2. Kiel PM, Prakash VN (2022) Coral physiology: Going with the ciliary flow. Current Biology (32):998–1022. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.049

OAR Team Members of the Year – Outreach and Education 2023

For exemplary response to the unexpected and unprecedented 2023 coral bleaching event in South Florida and their efforts to communicate the event to the American public.

National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2023-2026