We are interested in understanding how nutrient cycling in benthic invertebrates is facilitated through interactions with marine algae and microbes. For example, many reef corals are highly dependent on their endosymbiotic partners (Dinoflagellates in the family Symbiodiniaceae) as a continual supply of energy rich carbohydrates. How such unique symbioses are impacted by environmental changes is of particular interest. Our research mostly falls into one of the following themes:
Through our work, we utilize genetic, photo-physiological, photochemical, metabolic and bioinformatics analyses which are unified by the goal of understanding how climate change will impact marine algal diversity and productivity.
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