2016         Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology: Specialization in Marine Biology

University of Hawai‘i Mānoa               Advisor: Dr. Paul Jokiel

Thesis: The interactive effects of ocean acidification and local physical stressors on Hawaiian reef corals 

2012         Bachelor of Science of Marine Biology   University of Hawai‘i Mānoa

2010         Environmental Science & Policy Coursework  University of South Florida


2016 - present      Postdoctoral Researcher. Laboratory of Robert Toonen. 

Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa

2017 - present      Instructor. Department of Biology, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.


15. Bahr KD, DM Coffey, KS Rodgers, GH Balasz (2018). Observations of a rapid decline in invasive macroalgal cover linked to green turtle grazing in a Hawaiian marine reserve. Micronesica.

14. Bahr KD, KS Rodgers, and PL Jokiel (2018). Ocean warming drives decline in coral metabolism while acidification highlights species-specific responses. Marine Biology Research.
DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2018.1551616

13. Burns JHR, KD Bahr, A Fukunaga, D Swatland, R Kosaki (2018). Innovative 3D imaging tools for assessing damages to coral reef habitats caused by grounding events. DOC Marine Conservation Services series, ONMS-18, 03, 1-88.

12. *Coles SL, *KD Bahr, KS Rodgers, S May, A McGowan, A Tsang, and Ji Hoon Han (2018). Evidence of acclimatization or adaptation in Hawaiian corals to higher ocean temperatures. PeerJ 6:e5347; DOI 10.7717/peerj.5347
*Authors contributed equally

11. Bahr KD, KS Rodgers, and PL Jokiel. (2017). Impact of three bleaching events on the reef resiliency of Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaiʻi. Frontiers Research Topic: The Future of Coral  Reefs Subject to Rapid Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Extreme Environments .doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00398

10. Courtney TA, EH De Carlo, HN Page, KD Bahr, A Barro, N Howins,R  Tabata, G Terlouw, KS Rodgers, AJ Andersson (2017). Recovery of reef-scale calcification following a bleaching event in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaiʻi. Limnology and Oceanography Letters.doi: 10.1002/lol2.10056

9. Rodgers KS, KD Bahr, PL Jokiel, and A Richards Dona (2017). Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i. PeerJ. 5:e3355

8. Page HN, Andersson AA, Jokiel PL, Rodgers KS, Yeakel K, Lebrato M, Davidson C, DʻAngelo SD, and Bahr KD. (2016) Differential modification of seawater carbonate chemistry by major coral reef benthic communities. Coral Reefs. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-016-1490-4

7. Bahr KD, PL Jokiel, and KS Rodgers (2016). Seasonal and annual growth rates of the Hawaiian reef coral, Montipora capitata, under present and future climate change scenarios. ICES Journal of Marine Science Special Issue: Ocean Acidification
DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsw078

6. Bahr KD, PL Jokiel, and KS Rodgers. (2016). Influence of solar irradiance on underwater temperature recorded by temperature loggers on coral reefs. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. DOI: 10.1002/lom3.10093

5. Bahr KD, KS Rodgers, and PL Jokiel. (2016). Relative sensitivity of five Hawaiian coral species to high temperature under high-pCO2 conditions. Coral Reefs. DOI:10.007/00338-016-1405-4

4. Bahr KD, KS Rodgers, and PL Jokiel. (2015). The 2014 coral bleaching and freshwater flood events in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaiʻi. Peer J 3:e1136

3. Bahr KD, PL Jokiel, and R Toonen. (2015). The unnatural history of Kāne‘ohe Bay: Coral reef resilience in the face of centuries of anthropogenic impacts. PeerJ 3:e950; DOI 10.7717/peerj.950. Invited Review.

2. Bahr KD, KS Rodgers, and PL Jokiel. (2015). Recent freshwater reef kill event in Kāne‘ohe Bay, Hawai‘i. International Society for Reef Studies, Reef Encounter. 30(1): 42-43

1. Jokiel PL, KD Bahr, and KS Rodgers. (2014). Low-cost, high-flow mesocosm system for simulating ocean acidification with CO2. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 12: 313-322



2018             Harold K.L. Castle Foundation: Ocean Resiliency, Co-PI

2018 Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Co-PI

2017             NOAA Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program
                    Training next-gen managers in identifying environmental drivers of resilience
                    on coral reefs after climate change-ˇinduced stress in Hawaii
. Co-PI

2017             Hawaii Community Foundation Community Restoration

2017             Research Grant, PI, Primary Author. US Geological Survey.

2016             Nominated Scholar and Recipient, Student Excellence in Research Award,          
                    University of Hawaiʻi

2016             Travel Award, International Coral Reef Symposium

2015             Research Grant, Co-PI, Primary Author. Biological Oceanography, NSF

2014, 2015   Research Grant, Col. W.E. Lord & S.L. Lord Endowed Scholarship

2015             Research Grant, PI. University of Hawaiʻi Opportunity Grant 

2015             Research Grant, PI. Lerner Gray American Museum of Natural History 

2015             Research Grant, PI. Postl Scholarship, University of Hawaiʻi 

2013, 2014   Research Grant, PI. Edmondson Research Fund, University of Hawaiʻi

2013             Travel Award, Western Society of Naturalists

2013             Research Grant, PI. UH Mānoa Graduate Student Organization

2013             Best Graduate Poster, Tester Symposium, University of Hawaiʻi

2012             Honorable Mention Best Undergraduate Poster, University of Hawaiʻi

2007             Scholarship, Leading Lady Foundation


2017 – present       Instructor. Department of Biology, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.
                                 Field Problems in Marine Biology, 4 week Field Course
                                 at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.

2012 – 2014            Teaching AssistantDept. of Biology, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa

  • Marine Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 301L), 1 semester

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 265L), 2 semesters

  • Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 275L), 1 semester

  • Field Problems in Marine Biology, Field Course (BIOL 403), 2 semesters

2013                        Teaching Assistant. University of California Santa Barbara

  • Marine GIS Short Course

2010 – 2012            Marine Science EducatorThe Living Art Marine Center. Honolulu, HI

  • Created curriculum for Pre k -12 grade levels and assisted in marine educational lectures and outreach activities.


2016          Session Chairperson.

  • Coral Bleaching: Monitoring, management responses and resilience. International Coral Reef Symposium 2016, Honolulu HI

2016          Session Co-Organizer. 

  • Multiple stressors on coral reefs to advance development in effective management and policy responses. International Coral Reef Symposium 2016, Honolulu HI

2016          Organizing Committee. 

  • Paul Jokiel Memorial Session, International Coral Reef Symposium 2016, Honolulu HI 


2018    Guest Blog Post. PeerJ Blog. Corals are adapting to survive, but ocean temperatures are            rising faster than corals can change.

2018    Guest Scientist. Voice of the Sea, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology Technology:

2017    Distinguished Scientist. Santa Monica College Lecture Series. Talk title: How humans shape coral reefs. Available for download at iTunes:

2016    Guest Scientist. Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou. The Far Atolls.

2016    Guest Blog Post. Early Career Climate Forum. Corals under climate change: Hawaiʻi’s winners and losers:

2015    Interview. University of Hawaiʻi, Ieva Bytautaite. Hawaiʻi’s Coral Reefs: The Dangers of coral bleaching and its effects on Hawaiʻi’s corals reefs.

2014    Interview. Seawords, University of Hawaiʻi, Marine Option Program. Ocean Acidification: as adverse as originally thought?

2012    Interview. EPSCoR Hawai‘i CyberTeam. Climate Change: Bleaching, Ocean Acidification, Calcification, and Growth. YouTube video