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Ms Catalina Reyes-Nivia
Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
Gehrmann Laboratories (#60)
St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

(tel) +61 (0) 733653548
(fax) +61 (0) 733654755


People > Catalina Reyes-Nivia

Position: PhD Candidate
Last update: 27-Jul-2012
Supervisors: Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Dr Sophie Dove, Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido


Effects of climate change on bioerosion of reef carbonates

I am broadly interested in how the natural bioerosion processes in coral reef ecosystems could be affected under elevated CO2 and temperature conditions. This research problem is highly significant as rapid increases in atmospheric CO2 compromises carbonate accretion and coral productivity and very little is known regarding the potential synergy of ocean acidification and global warming to intensify the bioerosion process. My research is focused on the effects of elevated CO2 and temperature in dissolution of major calcifying components (e.g corals and crustose coralline algae).


MSc - University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) (2008)
BSc(Hons) - Universidad del Valle (Colombia) (2001)


Rodríguez-Ramírez A, Garzón-Ferreira J, Batista-Morales A, Gil DL, Gómez-López DI, Gómez-Campo K, López-Londoño T, Navas-Camacho R, Reyes-Nivia MC, Vega-Sequeda J (2010) Temporal patterns in coral reef, seagrass and mangrove communities from Chengue bay CARICOMP site (Colombia): 1993-2008. Revista de Biologia Tropical 58: 45-62

Rodríguez-Ramírez A, Reyes-Nivia MC, Zea S, Navas-Camacho R, Garzón-Ferreira J, Bejarano S, Herrón P, Orozco C (2010) Recent dynamics and condition of coral reefs in the Colombian Caribbean. Revista de Biologia Tropical 58: 107-131

Frade PR, Reyes-Nivia MC, Faria J, Kaandorp JA, Luttikhuizen PC, Bak RPM (2010) Semi-permeable species boundaries in the coral genus Madracis: Introgression in a brooding coral system. MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION 57: 1072-1090

Navas-Camacho R, Rodríguez-Ramírez A, Reyes-Nivia MC (2010) Agents of coral mortality on reef formations of the Colombian Pacific. Revista de Biologia Tropical 58: 133-138

Navas-Camacho R, Gil-Agudelo DL, Rodríguez-Ramírez A, Reyes-Nivia MC, Garzón-Ferreira J (2010) Coral diseases and bleaching on Colombian Caribbean coral reefs. Revista de Biologia Tropical 58: 95-106

Paddack MJ, Reynolds JD, Aguilar C, Appeldoorn RS, Beets J, Burkett EW, Chittaro PM, Clarke K, Esteves R, Fonseca AC, Forrester GE, Friedlander AM, García-Sais J, González-Sansón G, Jordan LKB, McClellan DB, Miller MW, Molloy PP, Mumby PJ, Nagelkerken I, Nemeth M, Navas-Camacho R, Pitt J, Polunin NVC, Reyes-Nivia MC, Robertson DR, Rodríguez-Ramírez A, Salas E, Smith SR, Spieler RE, Steele MA, Williams ID, Wormald CL, Watkinson AR, Côté IM (2009) Recent Region-wide Declines in Caribbean Reef Fish Abundance. CURRENT BIOLOGY 19: 590-595

Reyes-Nivia MC, Garzón-Ferreira J, Rodríguez-Ramírez A (2004) Live coral predation by fish in Tayrona Nature National Park, Colombian Caribbean. Revista de Biologia Tropical 52: 883-895