Dr Emma Camp
Research focus of the physiology, ecology and bio-geochemistry of coral reefs.
Research on coral building blocks
Current and previous
Committed to Change Growth Education Equity
I am the Deputy Team Leader of the Future Reefs Program within the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2020 I established the Reef Biogeochemistry Group. My research focuses on the physiology, ecology and biogeochemistry of coral reefs, to advance our understanding on how species chemical traits influence their biogeochemical niche and competitive fitness.
Alongside my research I am passionate to champion the introduction and retention of women and girls in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
I am a National Geographic Explorer and Rolex Associate Laureate. In 2020 I was named an inaugural Australian Academy of Sciences STEM Women’s Gamechanger and made Time Magazines Next Generation Leaders list. I am passionate about communicating research to engage society to become part of the solutions required to ensure a perpetual Earth.
Extreme Mangrove Corals
During my PhD I discovered corals living in some of the most extreme conditions reported for extant coral reefs. Surprisingly these corals were living in mangrove lagoons where the water was warmer, more acidic and deoxygenated compared to the neighbouring reefs less than 0.5 km away.
At these mangrove sites, temperatures are often 1-2°C higher than the reef, pH falls regularly below pH 7.5 and oxygen regularly falls below 1 mg/L. Consequently resident corals are effectively being pre-conditioned to future climate conditions.