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Ms Dorothea Bender
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


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Position: PhD Candidate
Last update: 23-Oct-2013
Supervisors: Dr Sophie Dove, Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido


Effect of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reef algae

I am studying the effect of elevated sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification on coral reef algae. I include various growth forms and taxa in my experiments, looking at turf algal communities as well as macroalgal responses to the changed environmental conditions. I am investigating possible changes in productivity, pigment content, growth rate, fertility and species composition. Other factors such as farming by damselfish or eutrophication are being studied in conjunction with climate change scenario conditions.
Keywords: acidification, chlorophyll, climate change, coral reef algae, coral-algal interactions, ecology, Macroalgae, Photosynthesis


MSc marine biology - University of Bremen (2008)