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Courtney Klepac

Postdoctoral Scholar, Hopkins Marine Station
Courtney completed her B.S. in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University Galveston, her M.S. in Biology at Florida Atlantic University in the Voss lab, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at Old Dominion University in the Barshis lab. She recently finished a postdoctoral research position with More Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key, FL, where she examined nursery coral resilience and/or resistance under multiple coral stressors (temperature and acidification) and investigated tolerant symbiotic associations to inform and assist in coral restoration interventions. At Stanford, she will be involved with mapping coral heat resistance across multiple Pacific reefs as part of a collaborative (NSF) Super Reefs project, where she will train and collaborate with local students and researchers on coral tolerance experiments. By investigating the influence of environment, physiological plasticity, and genetic adaptation on the stress tolerance scope of corals, her research aims are to understand how corals will respond to future climate change and identify putatively tolerant corals for management. When she isn't doing science, Courtney enjoys running, surfing, and hiking with her husband and dog, Hank.