The coral-reef algae lab is interested in physiological, biogeochemical, ecological and conservation questions related to tropical marine algae and coral reefs. We aim to understand the nature and drivers of the ecological dynamics between macroalgae and corals, the roles of algae in reef ecosystems, and how human activities affect the algae and their interactions with the corals. We conduct field surveys and experimental manipulations in the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) to investigate the processes driving coral-algal dynamics and the mechanisms mediating these interactions. We carry out experiments of seawater carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature and nutrients to study the impacts of ocean acidification, warming and eutrophication on seaweeds and their effects on corals. Our lab provides fundamental knowledge on coralline algae, a group of red algae that plays critical roles in reef building and resilience. Our work includes studies on taxonomy, calcification, mineralogy, and ecology. This knowledge informs the management and conservation of reef ecosystems.
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Griffith School of Environment & Australian Rivers Institute - Coast & Estuaries Nathan Campus / Griffith University
Brisbane, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia