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About Coral Reef Algae Research Lab

​The coral-reef algae lab is interested in physiological, biogeochemical, ecological & conservation questions related to tropical marine algae & coral reefs. We aim to understand the nature and drivers of ecological dynamics between macroalgae and corals, the roles of algae in reef ecosystems, and how human activities affect the algae and their interactions with corals.

We conduct field surveys and experimental manipulations in reefs of the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) to investigate the processes driving coral-algal dynamics and the mechanisms mediating these interactions. We carry out experiments with CO2 and temperature to study the impacts of ocean acidification & warming on seaweeds and their interactions with corals, and on the calcification, mineralogy and ecology of coralline algae. This knowledge is critical for the management & conservation of coral reefs ecosystems.​