My research focuses on the physiology, ecology and biogeochemistry of coral reefs, with broad interests in:
- The coral elementome
- Coral physiology and ecology
- The impact of climate change on coral reef form and functioning
- Trophic interactions
- Super corals
- Coral calcification and skeletal properties
- Active reef management practices
- Symbiont functional diversity and its role in the stability of the coral symbiosis
- Naturally extreme coral environments, specifically mangrove habitats
Alongside my research I am passionate to champion the introduction and retention of women and girls in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I hold an Honorary Position with the United Nations as part of the second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals and am a National Geographic Explorer.
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.