Coral reef ecology | Stable isotope ecology | Trophic ecology | Symbiosis | Microbial communities
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory at the University of Queensland. My Ph.D. research is focused on understanding how the trophic ecology of shallow and deep corals may be influenced by oceanographic processes such as upwelling, which brings important nutrients to shallow waters. Such nutrient fluxes are important to the coral holobiont, which depends on both dissolved inorganic and particulate organic food sources. I am interested in how the coral holobiont, including its associated microbial communities, may respond to natural nutrient fluxes in reef ecosystems.
As an XL Catlin Seaview Survey Ocean Scholar, I've had the opportunity to conduct research in several countries including the Maldives, an archipelago in the central Indian Ocean. The primary productivity in the Maldives is influenced by the interaction between the monsoon climate and Island Mass Effect, which causes wind-driven upwelling. This makes the Maldives a great place to study the influence of oceanographic processes on coral reefs. My research is focused on understanding how environmental differences between shallow and deep reefs may influence coral holobiont metabolism.