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Dr. Veronica Radice

Dr. Veronica Radice

Postdoctoral Fellow

Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory

Ph.D., 2019, The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland


Veronica is an adjunct associate research fellow in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory at the University of Queensland. Previously, Veronica was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Ph.D working with Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and A/Prof Sophie Dove at UQ.

Veronica’s PhD was focused on the trophic ecology of shallow and deep reef-building corals. As an XL Catlin Seaview Survey Ocean Scholar during my PhD, she was involved in surveying shallow and deep coral reefs across the Coral Triangle and central Indian Ocean.

Veronica has a wide variety of research interests, from the shallow reefs where she can scuba dive to the deep sea. Her Ph.D. research was focused on understanding how the trophic ecology of shallow and deep corals may be influenced by oceanographic processes such as upwelling, which brings important nutrients to shallow waters. Such nutrient fluxes may be important to the coral holobiont, which can utilize both dissolved and particulate food sources. Veronica is interested in learning how the coral holobiont may respond to natural nutrient fluxes in reef ecosystems.

During her time as an XL Catlin Seaview Survey Ocean Scholar during her Ph.D., Veronica had the opportunity to conduct research in the Maldives, an archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. What makes the Maldives particularly unique is the atolls’ location upon an oceanic ridge and the seasonally-reversing monsoons. This combination of bathymetry and climate makes the Maldives a great place to study the influence of oceanographic processes on coral reefs. Her research is focused on understanding how environmental differences between the shallow and deep reef may influence coral holobiont metabolism.


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Bongaerts P, Pérez-Rosales G, Radice VZ, Eyal G, Gori A, Gress E, Hammerman N, Hernandez-Agreda A, Laverick J, Muir P, Pinheiro H, Pyle R, Rocha L, Turner J, and R Booker (2019). Mesophotic.org: a repository for scientific information on mesophotic ecosystems. Database baz140.  https://doi.org/10.1093/database/baz140  (authors contributed equally)

González-Rivero M, Rodriguez-Ramirez A, Beijbom O, Dalton P, Kennedy EV, Neal BP, Vercelloni J, Bongaerts P, Ganase A, Bryant DEP, Brown K, Kim C, Radice VZ, Lopez-Marcano S, Dove S, Bailhache C, Beyer HL, and O Hoegh-Guldberg (2019). Seaview Survey Photo-quadrat and Image Classification Dataset. The University of Queensland. Data Collection. https://doi.org/10.14264/uql.2019.930

Radice VZ,* Hoegh-Guldberg O, Fry B, Fox MD, and S Dove (2019). Upwelling as the major source of nitrogen for shallow and deep reef-building corals across an oceanic atoll system. Functional Ecology 33, 1120-1134. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13314

Top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric: https://wiley.altmetric.com/details/57333030

Radice VZ,* Brett M, Fry B, Fox MD, Hoegh-Guldberg O, and S Dove (2019). Evaluating coral trophic strategies using fatty acid composition and indices. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222327. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222327

Fox MD, Williams GJ, Johnson MD, Radice VZ, Zgliczynski BJ, Kelly ELA, Rohwer FL, Sandin SA, and JE Smith (2018). Gradients in Primary Production Predict Trophic Strategies of Mixotrophic Corals across Spatial Scales. Current Biology 28, 3355–3363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.08.057

Featured article Wiedenmann & D’Angelo (2019). High-carb diet of reef corals as seen from space. Current Biology Dispatch, 28, R1243-R1265.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.056

Radice VZ,* Quattrini AM, Wareham VE, Edinger EN, and EE Cordes (2016). Vertical water mass structure in the North Atlantic influences the bathymetric distribution of species in the deep-sea coral genus Paramuricea. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 116, 253-263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2016.08.014


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