Eveline van der Steeg
Telephone Palau: +680 778 4289
Address: School of Natural and Environmental Science2
Ridley Building 2
Newcastle Upon Tyne
I am interested in coral reef restoration through sexual coral reproduction. For my Ph.D., I will study the optimization of yield and cost-effectiveness of different coral breeding and restoration techniques. Coral reefs are declining due to increasing sea surface temperatures as a result of global warming caused by climate change. This causes mass coral bleaching events and coral mortality, resulting in a severe impact on coastal communities and their livelihoods. My research will focus on breeding, growing and transplanting corals for restoration purposes.
In 2016 I completed my MSc in Marine Environmental Management at the University of York. For my summer placement, I secured an internship at the Gates Coral Lab in Hawaii. Here I studied the effects of bleaching on the reproduction of a broadcast spawning coral to selectively breed higher temperature tolerance. In 2014 I completed my BSc in Biology at Utrecht University. For my thesis, I studied the removal of nutrients in the coral reef display at the Burgers’ Zoo Coral Reef Aquarium and set up a protocol. I have always had a great affinity for the ocean and love working in and around coral reef ecosystems.