Must Love Microscopy In my research I utilise light, fluorescence and confocal microscopy,as well as transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and laser micro dissection. We have even been lucky enough to do some infrared micro spectroscopy at the Synchrotron Australia. Check out these beautiful micrographs for a new view on coral
Super Sized by Symbionts Corals host very diverse communities of bacteria, but many of these interactions are conserved across different species, in different locations and on very different types of reefs. We are now trying to understand what these bacteria are doing, where they exist in the coral and their role in coral health and survival. Check out the list of data files released (updated regularly) and links to NCBI
Too hot to handle? Coral Bleaching is one of the major threats to the future of coral reefs. Sea surface temperatures are projected to rise over coming decades and coral bleaching is predicted to increase by mid-century. But there is still a lot to learn about how corals bleach, recover from bleaching, and how they maybe able to cope with changing ocean temperatures. I am working with Bill Leggat, Alana Grech, Scott Heron and students in the lab, to understand more about the consequences of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Much of our research is undertaken at Heron Island Research Station
Red fish blue fish, reef fish ... new fish Reef fishes are a new research area for me, but as recently shown, they are a vital piece of the puzzle to understand how microbes impact corals and coral reefs. With collaborators Sean Connolly, Phil Munday,Howard Choat and Jodie Rummer, we are starting new projects looking at the microbial communities of reef fishes and their influence on fish and coral reef health.