The Marine Biology lab uses the Arabian Gulf as a natural laboratory to study coral reef ecology in extreme environments and to understand how these may serve as a model for the possible impacts of future climate change on reefs elsewhere.

Burt Musandam

Current research seeks to examine how coral communities in these extreme environments respond to and recover from mass bleaching events, and how variation in environmental conditions affect biogeographic patterns of community structure of corals, fish, and other reef biota in the region. The current research of our 2 post-doctoral researchers focuses on molecular biology, coral physiology and coral reproduction to understand how corals cope in the uniquely extreme environment of the Gulf.

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