Presented by: Tracy Ainsworth ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville
Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106, JCU, Townsville
When: Friday 12th December 2014; 11:00 to 12:00 hrs.
Abstract: Globally sea surface temperatures (SST) have risen 0.6 °C are forecast to continue to rise rapidly within the next 80 years. Models predict that as a result on increasing SST tropical coral reefs will reach annual bleaching thresholds over the coming decades. Understanding how corals respond to, and have the potential to overcome, environmental challenges will be enhanced by advancing our understanding of molecular and microbial processes. My research aims to integrate research on the molecular, cellular and microbial responses of corals into a greater understanding of how coral will respond to increasing sea surface temperatures over the coming decades. In this seminar I will outline recent research on 1) coral-bacteria interactions within niche microbial habitats; 2) the responses of the host-microbe interaction to thermal stress; and 3) the coral host stress response and cell death regulation under increasing thermal stress.
Biography: Tracy is a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. Her research broadly focuses on the the molecular, cellular and micro biology of corals. Her research aims to understand the response of the coral holobiont to environmental stressors. Tracy received her doctorate from The University of Queensland in 2008, and has since held an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and Super Science Fellowship at James Cook University.