Graduate Research School Available Projects Ecological and evolutionary drivers of temperature growth curves in GBR corals

Ecological and evolutionary drivers of temperature growth curves in GBR corals

Title of Project

Ecological and evolutionary drivers of temperature growth curves in GBR corals

Advisor/s

Dr Juan Ortiz

College or Research Centre

AIMS@JCU

Summary of Project

There is evidence suggesting that the relationship between coral colony growth rate and water temperature varies both spatially and taxonomically. However, the shape of these curves is unknown. Furthermore, the evolutionary and ecological pressures driving these relationships have not been explored. This project will use a combination of laboratory experiment and field observations to characterize temperature growth curves of different coral taxa along a latitudinal gradient. It will then use ecological and evolutionary modelling to help explain the observed patterns. The project would required a student with knowledge of ecological and evolutionary theory as well as basic coral reef biology with interest in quantitative ecology. Interested applicants please contact Juan Ortiz: j.ortiz@aims.gov.au. Closing date 30 March 2021

Key Words

reef restoration; Great Barrier Reef; coral; temperature growth; coral colony growth

Would suit an applicant who

To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research at James Cook University or The University of Sydney. Students can be domestic or international, but must be already in Australia and available to start before May 2021.

Updated: 02 Mar 2021