Dongsha Atoll, 2015
I received my PhD from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2017. I am broadly interested in understanding mechanisms of the sensitivity, and resilience, of coral calcification to ocean acidification and warming. Since joining the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia in January 2017, I have been employing novel techniques based on the Raman scattering of lasers focused onto coral skeletons to quantify the chemical conditions under which the skeleton was accreted. Analyses of both laboratory-cultured and wild corals are providing insight into the relationships between seawater conditions (including pH and temperature) and the corals’ internal calcifying fluid, which dictates the rate of skeletal growth. This information is critical for understanding how coral calcification is responding to our oceans' rapidly changing thermal and chemical environments.
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My research blends a spectrum of laboratory, field, and modeling techniques. This photograph shows an instrument platform constructed on a remote coral reef in the South China Sea