PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Climate Change and Coral Reefs: What threats are our coral reefs facing?
Coral reefs are under multiple "stressors" including ocean acidification, global warming, pollution, and overfishing. How are these threats affecting coral reef ecosystems and what are the consequences of one or all of these "stressors"? What are some solutions that can save our coral reefs?
Disappearing Giant Kelp Forests: What is happening to giant kelp around the world?
Giant kelp, known by its scientific name Macrocystis pyrifera, is disappearing around the world due to global warming, changing ocean currents, competition with invasive species, pollution, and overgrazing by sea urchins. How are kelp forests changing in different areas of the world such as Tasmania, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, or California. What threats are affecting giant kelp forests and what solutions are scientists doing to conserve these kelp forests?
Dolphins and Sonar: How do sounds in the ocean affect dolphins?
Marine mammals such as whales and dolphins use echolocation and are sensitive to noises in the ocean environment. Human-made noise by ships and technological instruments may affect their ability hear and ecolocate. What are the consequences of human noise pollution towards marine mammals such as dolphins and whales? How can it affect the way they live and interact with each other?