Current Fieldwork

Hawaii fieldwork

My team is conducting a two-year long experiment in Hawaii in collaboration with Dr. Rob Toonen to determine if coral adapt or acclimatize to global change conditions expected at the end of this century. If they can adapt, how fast is the adaptation rate? How do adaptation rates differ among species and geographic locations? Answers to these questions are key to developing strategic coral conservation and management plans. To address these questions, eight species of Hawaiian corals are being studied using a two-part approach: 1) a survey of natural corals found across natural temperature and acidity gradients and 2) a two-year long mesocosm study which will expose corals collected in part 1 to temperature and acidity conditions expected at the end of this century.

OSU Undergraduate student Margaret Otto’s Second year Transformational ExPerience (STEP) doing research with my team in Hawaii