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.