PhD research overview
"The importance of trace metals in coral-algal symbiosis"
Though only present in miniscule quantities, inadequate access to iron and other trace metals can be the difference between life and death for most organisms. The importance of iron is acknowledged across many micro-algae, but is seldom incorporated into the study of coral symbioses due to the difficulties of trace metal ‘clean’ research. Insufficient iron availability restricts algal growth in many ocean basins. Thus, fluctuating iron availability can have profound effects on organismal physiological capacity and community composition. On a cellular level, iron is needed for all biochemical processes, making it key to organismal function. By interweaving techniques from different disciplines (coral biology, phycology, physiology, oceanography, enzymology, bioinformatics), my PhD research demonstrates how trace metals are important in several facets of coral-algal symbiosis.
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