Ecology and Physiology of Coral Reef Symbioses
Exploring small-scale mechanisms to understand ecosystem dynamics.

Our lab investigates how corals and other marine organisms interact with their surroundings. This research spans multiple scales of biology, from molecular pathways used to detect changes in the chemical environment, to intercellular communication between corals and their microbial symbionts, to the effect these small-scale dynamics have on the interactions between benthic reef organisms. These mechanisms are important for predicting how marine ecosystems will respond to an environment that is increasingly affected by human activity and climate change. Please explore below to learn more about our work.
Johnston Atoll
Line Islands
Research Highlights
Corals are increasingly threatened by rising sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification. My research explores the fundamental aspects of coral cellular physiology, helping predict how corals adapt to stress.
    Coral reefs are home to an incredible diversity of organisms large and small. Interactions between these organisms affect their survival and distribution, and in my research I seek to understand what drives these dynamics.
Corals have a variety of symbiotic microorganisms associated with their tissues and cells, each with a unique contribution to coral physiology. I am interested in understanding how corals and their microorganisms interact.
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Education and Outreach
The oceans are one of our most valuable natural resources, and I hope to share my experiences as a coral biologist with students and communities around the world. Check out the latest updates from the lab and the field, including blogs from remote coral atolls, articles about my work, to information about local outreach events. 
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Image: Learning about the local environment at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Kodiak Island, Alaska
"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more."  ~ Lord Byron