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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland


Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory | XL Catlin Seaview Survey
School of Biological Sciences | Global Change Institute | University of Queensland
Room 732, Level 7 Gehrmann Laboratories (Bldg. 60)
St. Lucia, QLD 4078 Australia

Research Interests:
Coral reef ecology
Coral-algal interactions & competitive dynamics
Coral biology & physiology
Macroalgal ecology & physiology
Impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystems

Project Title: Coral-algal competitive interactions under future conditions

Kristen holds a BachelorIMG_0001s of Science (1st class Honours) in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed two Honours research theses; one at the University of Western Australia investigating the population genetics, mating systems and hybridization of the Australian seagrass Posidonia australis and the second at Stanford University examining patterns in epibiont species richness and composition as a function of size in Macrocystis pyrifera holdfasts. Upon graduation, Kristen moved to Brisbane, Australia to work under Professor Rob Capon at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, where she focused on using marine invertebrates and algae to discover new natural products for use in pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.  Kristen is now affiliated with the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute as a XL Catlin Seaview Survey ‘XL Catlin Oceans Scholar’ scholarship recipient and joins the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Ove Hoegh-GuldbergAssociate Professor Sophie Dove, and Professor Cath Lovelock. Combining her knowledge of phycology and chemistry, she is investigating coral-algal competitive interactions by linking small scale, physiological techniques with large scale ecological monitoring in order to understand the threats coral reefs are facing from the organism to ecosystem level in a changing environment.

Conference Presentations:

Brown, K. T., Bender-Champ, D., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., and Dove, S.G.; The future of competitive coral reef dynamics: effects of elevated temperatures and ocean acidification on the physiology of Acropora-Halimeda interactions. 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). Poster Presentation.

Awards and Grants:

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment 2016- $4,000
PADI Foundation Research Grant 2016 – $3,845
University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences Travel Award (ICRS) 2016 – $1,600
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies Travel Award (ICRS) 2016 – $1,000
University of Queensland International (UQI) Scholarship 2014-2017 – Tuition fees
XL Catlin Oceans Scholar Scholarship 2014-2017 – $26,288 per annum (2016 rate)
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) grant 2011-2012 – $4,000 the third and fourth years of undergraduate study

Selected Media:

Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS) Newsletter April 2016

IUCN Maldives Marine Newsletter December 2015

XL Catlin Seaview Survey Expedition Blogs

Science on the Great Barrier Reef- Seaview 360

360 Solomon- Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation


Australian Research Council Pandora

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au