I am a post-doc in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory, University of Queensland working with Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and A/Prof Sophie Dove.
I recently completed my PhD, which was focused on the trophic ecology of shallow and deep reef-building corals. As an XL Catlin Seaview Survey Ocean Scholar during my PhD, I 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.