Coral Reef Deoxygenation

This project aims to uncover the role low oxygen plays in shaping healthy corals over space and time.

Climate change and land use development are rapidly deoxygenating shallow water coral reefs, yet we have no knowledge of how less oxygen availability affects critical life history factors that govern coral resilience: growth, reproduction, and stress tolerance.

This project aims to couple advanced oxygen sensing, metabolic physiology, omics, coral reproductive and stress biology to transform our understanding of oxygen thresholds that are diagnostic of reduced coral competitive fitness across life stages (adults, juveniles, larvae), needed to improve coral reef ecosystem management.