Tessa Page


Contact Details

Coral Reef Algae Lab
Griffith School of Environment & Australian Rivers Institute – Coast & Estuaries

Address: Room 0.32 / Building N13 (Environment 2),
Nathan Campus / Griffith University / 170 Kessels Road
Brisbane, Nathan QLD 4111,
tel:  + 61 7 373 57337
Facsimile: + 61 7 373 57459
email: tessa.page@griffithuni.edu.au

Bio & Research Interests

I moved to Brisbane from Los Angeles, California, where I was teaching marine biology and biology as an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University (CLU). Prior to this, I completed my MSc at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University (SFSU). My master’s research, under the supervision of Jonathon Stillman and Piero Calosi, focused on the impact of ocean acidification (OA) and warming on porcelain crabs from the family Porcellanidae. My main thesis work investigated the effects of elevated pCO2 on crab survival and exoskeleton composition across four species of porcelain crabs from different geographic locations and bathymetric zones. For my PhD research, I’m switching from invertebrates to algae, where my research will look at the effects of human-induced climate change on crustose coralline algae (CCA). I am interested in the potential for CCA to acclimate through multiple generations to future environmental changes, focusing on and identifying molecular, physiological, and mineralogical mechanisms that allow them to do this. CCA play an essential role in coral reef ecosystems and this type of research will ultimately enable us to better understand the fate of coral reef ecosystems under future climate change scenarios.


  • MSc in Biology, San Francisco State University (SFSU), USA 2015
  • BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences, California Lutheran University (CLU), USA 2011

Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships

  • Griffith University (GU) Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUPRS), 2017 – 2020
  • GU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUIPRS), 2017 – 2020
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid-of-Research, 2014
  • CSU COAST Student Travel Award, 2013
  • UKOA Travel Grant, Plymouth Marine Lab, 2013
  • James C. Kelley Scholarship, SFSU, 2012


  • Page, TM, Worthington, S, Calosi, C, Stillman, JH. Effects of elevated pCO2 on crab survival and exoskeleton composition depend on shell function and species distribution: a comparative analysis of carapace and claw mineralogy across four species of porcelain crab from different habitats. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73. 10 (2016): 1093.
  • Armstrong, EJ, Page, TM, Miller, N, Papineau, EN, Calosi, P, & Stillman, JH. (2015). Exposure to Lowered pH and Acute Thermal Stress Increases Mortality in Embryonic Porcelain Crabs. Integrative and comparative biology; 55: E214-E214.
  • Page, T, Nguyen, HTH., Hilts, H, Ramos, L, Hanrahan, G. Biologically driven neural platform invoking parallel electrophoretic separation and urinary metabolite screening. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 403. 8 (2012): 2367-2375.