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January 2018 - April 2018
Department of Neuroscience and Developmental Biology
- Research Intern
August 2017 - December 2019
Marine Molecular Biology Lab
- Research Assistant
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are reported to play an important role as photoprotectants and antioxidants in corals subjected to stressful conditions. Identifying the various FP genes expressed and FP gene expression patterns under stress in diverse coral species can provide insight into FP function. In this study, we identified 16 putative FP homolog...
Supplementary materials for Fluorescent protein expression in temperature tolerant and susceptible reef-building corals
Larvae released into the water column rely on chemical cues from the benthos for successful settlement. However , larval preference for substrates may be affected by rising seawater temperature brought about by global climate change. In this study, we examined the effect of elevated temperature on chemical cue preference by larvae of the scleractin...
Thermal stress events threaten coral populations by disrupting symbiosis between the coral animal and microalgal symbionts in its tissues. These symbionts are key players in the response of the coral holobiont to elevated temperature. However, little is known about the microalgal symbiont type in select corals in the north-western Philippines and h...
Zooxanthellae (genus Symbiodinium spp.) are symbiotic photosynthetic dinoflagellates that provide the host coral with metabolic products crucial for growth. Zooxanthellae density can serve as proxy in evaluating the physiology and health of corals. However, few studies on zooxanthellae have been conducted in the most biodiverse yet disturbed reefs...
Coral larvae released into the water column encounter different dissolved chemical cues secreted by organisms on the substratum that are engaged in spatial competition. These cues initiate vital biological processes in the larvae. In this study, the effects of crude extracts from the scleractinian corals Pocillopora damicornis and Porites cylindric...