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I have a PhD in coral reef ecology from Lancaster University, but also have a broader, more comprehensive interest in cumulative impacts on marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. I am also interested in bridging marine science and management and policy to make better informed decisions that can mitigate impacts. Recently, I worked with Cefas, JNCC and UK Overseas Territories on the potential links between water quality and the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease outbreak in the Caribbean.
February 2016 - August 2016
- Research Intern
- I assisted with projects on coral resiliency to environmental stress, & gained skills & experience in the lab (e.g. coral spawning, physiological experiments, RNA / DNA extractions) & field (e.g. monitoring coral health, transplanting coral fragments).
June 2013 - August 2013
Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat
- Summer Undergraduate Intern
- I conducted my undergraduate dissertation research in Dr Maoz Fine's lab group on the optimum temperature for physiological mechanisms in the scleractinian coral Stylophora pistillata in the Gulf of Eilat, northern Red Sea.
Anthropogenic nutrient runoff is a major local stressor on coral reefs but compared to research on global climate change and overfishing, progress has been slower at quantifying its effects, particularly at the ecosystem scale. This is due to the difficulties in cost-effectively capturing the high spatio-temporal variability of bioavailable nutrien...
Bioindicators are useful for determining nutrient regimes in marine environments, but their ability to evaluate corals reefs in different ecological states is poorly understood. The precision, availability and congruency of eight potential bioindicators (brown macroalgae, green macroalgae, turf algae, cyanobacteria, soft corals, zoanthids, sponges,...
Scleractinian corals are engineers on coral reefs that provide both structural complexity as habitat and sustenance for other reef-associated organisms via the release of organic and inorganic matter. However, coral reefs are facing multiple pressures from climate change and other stressors, which can result in mass coral bleaching and mortality ev...
The Gulf of Eilat (GoE), Red Sea, is a unique region that harbours one of the northernmost coral reef ecosystems in the world, and possesses high biodiversity and endemism. Global climate change is associated with an increase in sea surface temperatures that can lead to bleaching and mortality in scleractinian corals. However the corals in the GoE...