Master Student at Essex University
My key area of interest is exploring the impacts of climate change to coral physiology, particularly due to elevated sea temperatures. Through investigating multiple life stages, it is possible to create a near complete picture of the effects that increases in sea temperatures will have to corals life history. This knowledge can be applied to many different interactions within the complex world of coral biology, from a microbial level to reef ecology, and importantly better inform restoration efforts to provide a brighter future for coral reefs. Another of my keen interest is in the social and economic side of coral reef science. Coral reefs are a hugely important food and income resource for many communities throughout the tropical region. I aim to find out how reef resources will be affected by climate change as well as work with communities to provide the information needed to create sustainable food and income solutions.
Currently, I am due to complete my MSc in Tropical Marine Biology from Essex University in September 2018. Whilst reading for my MSc I joined the CORALASSIST team on a work placement in the Palau International Coral Reef Center and collected the data for my thesis titled ‘Thermal stress event reduces post settlement survival of Scleractinian coral larvae’.
Previously, I received BSc in Biological Sciences from The University of Plymouth where I worked with algae physiology. This was the start of my interest in how anthropogenic environmental changes cause species specific physiological adaptations and ecological shifts. I have joined marine conservation projects in Mexico and Madagascar, developing my knowledge and a huge love for coral. In Northwest Madagascar I setup and managed a volunteer-based organisation which worked together with local communities to provide long term support in conservation, restoration and education. Living next to coral reefs for 4 years has given me a great respect for their importance to local communities. Witnessing some of the many challenges brought about by climate change and how the impacts are amplified for economically poorer communities.
Working on the forefront of coral biology and restoration with CORALASSIST team has given me a new confidence in the sustainable future of coral reefs, where the outcome of the work can be applied to active coral reef conservation management plans worldwide.