The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. This year’s honoree is Rebecca Vega Thurberassociate professor in microbiology and a a coral microbiologist, has pioneered research aimed at protecting marine biodiversity with a special focus on highly endangered coral reefs. Her team’s three-year field experiment on a coral reef in the Florida Keys uncovered the crucial role that fishes play in protecting coral reefs. “We also discovered that these fishes together with clean water may be a vital buffer against the coral disease and decline caused by climate change-induced warming ocean waters,” wrote Vega Thurber in an article published in The World Economic Forum.