Thursday, 28 May 2015

Carnegie Trust success for coral reef team

Dr Heidi Burdett, a MASTS Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) has been successful in securing a Collaborative Research Grant from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, together with Drs Nick Kamenos (University of Glasgow) and Sebastian Hennige (Heriot-Watt University).
Millions of people around the world depend on coral reefs for their livelihood. However, in recent years the 'health' of corals, and their associated ecosystems, has deteriorated in many areas putting communities at risk. This Carnegie-funded project will investigate the response of tropical corals to environmental change, helping us to better understand the observed deterioration in coral reef ecosystems.

Related article: Effects of reduced salinity on the photosynthetic characteristics and intracellular DMSP concentrations of the red coralline alga, Lithothamnion glaciale. Marine Biology 162:1077–1085: DOI 10.1007/s00227-015-2650-8