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Global Change Ecology Lab

Ecology of coral reefs in a changing ocean

As an Assistant Professor in the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST, I study how local and global environmental changes affect  ecologically valuable ecosystems, including coral and oyster reefs. I pair in situ environmental and community observations with controlled laboratory experiments to understand: 

1) the effects of environmental stressors (e.g., ocean acidification, warming, deoxygenation, nutrient pollution) on the ecophysiology of foundation species,

2) the implications of differential susceptibilities of foundation species for community structure in the future, and

3) the role of ocean deoxygenation as an emerging stressor that threatens the persistence of coral reefs. 

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