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.
Through my research I hope to:
Uncover the mechanisms that support the extreme corals superior stress tolerance.
Identify more ‘Super Coral’ populations to establish a network of hot-spots of reef resilience.
Identify elemental stress-tolerant signatures of extreme corals.