- St. John's University, NY, USA
Tom Capo is Director of the Experimental Fish Hatchery at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. A graduate of St. John's University, Tom is known for leading students in their own exciting and challenging research on the sea and the creatures in it. Capo has worked extensively on biomedical research. Drawing upon his vast knowledge of South Florida's natural history and utilizing his high-energy, upbeat approach to teaching, he guides UM Summer Scholars into regions and topics they've never reached before. Capo's research places emphasis on the commercial applications of marine organisms.
Recent research has involved lab-raised, algae-eating sea urchins that may reverse coral reef decline. Capo has worked out the life cycle of the sea urchin and is now working on mass-culturing them for restoration.