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Abstract: Increasing atmospheric CO2 is driving ocean warming and acidification -- both of which are stressful to corals. The combined threat of ocean warming and acidification is predicted to devastate the majority of reefs by the end of this century. However, there are always some corals that survive or are more tolerant of these stress conditions. My research focuses on understanding the underlying traits that are associated with coral resilience. If these traits are broad predictors of resiliency in corals, our findings could shed light on what reefs of the future might look like, guide reef management strategies towards corals more likely to persist, and could be used to improved the accuracy of models that forecast the extent of future reefs.
Bio: Professor Grottoli received her BSc. from McGill University (1992), her PhD from the University of Houston (1998) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California – Irvine (2000). She and her team are focused on three areas of research: 1- determining what drives resilience in corals in the face of climate change, 2- reconstructing oceanographic conditions in the past based on coral skeletal isotope and trace metal records, and 3- the impact of land-use on the delivery of carbon to small tropical and temperate rivers. Grottoli’s current research is funded by the Division of Oceanography at the National Science Foundation. She established the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory facility in the School of Earth Sciences. Professor Grottoli has won several awards including the F.W. Clarke Award in Geochemistry, the Mid-Career and the Best Paper Awards from the International Society for Reef Studies, and the Voyager Award from the Amercian Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles in such journals as Nature, Global Change Biology, and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, and she and her work have been featured on National Public Radio and several websites and newspapers. She is currently a full Professor and Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee in the School of Earth Sciences at the Ohio State University and a Fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).