Coral bleaching experiment unveil effects of ocean warming on coral feeding reproduction

SAFS faculty Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino and graduate student Jeremy Axworthy just returned from a trip to Hawaii where they performed coral bleaching experiments to understand the effects of stress from heating on coral feeding and reproduction. Their study aims to find biomarker molecules to identify corals that are most likely to recover and reproduce after a bleaching event, improving predictions of coral responses to bleaching events. The research is funded by an NSF grant.

SAFS graduate student Jeremy Axworthy, Prof. Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño, and postdoc Tanya Brown showing off their experimental setup to study the effects of coral bleaching on corals.
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