Marcelino's Group

Our group works on developing and applying optical, genetic, and phylogenic methods to study biological effects of climate change on reef-forming corals and their associated algae. A central focus of our laboratory is understanding the mechanism of massive coral bleaching (i.e., when large numbers of algae that live in the tissues of the coral and provide the coral with food are lost and the coral turns white or “bleached”). In particular, we are studying why some stony coral species are resistant to bleaching while others suffer high mortality after a bleaching episode. We are investigating this process at the skeleton, cell and genetic level.

Big Island Hawaii, 2012