Program 3: Responding to a Changing World
Members of this program work across a range of themes (see introduction). Some are also part of individual research groups (below).
Coral Reef Biogeochemical Laboratories, led by Malcolm McCulloch
The group based at the University of Western Australia focusses on understanding the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral bio-calcification in both shallow-water as well deep-sea reef environments. Research areas include the application and/or development of novel coral-based geochemical proxies including in-situ laser ablation, isotopic and trace-element methods to track the impact of global warming, declining seawater pH across a spectrum of environments (tropical to sub-tropical, shallow water to deep-sea) over different timescales. This is complemented by mesocosm, field studies and modelling of reef environments designed to understand and predict how changing physical/chemical/biological conditions and other environmental variability (e.g. thermal induced stress and land-based interactions such as river runoff) influence coral reef ecosystems.