I am a graduate student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. I am interested in how stressors affect community and ecosystem dynamics. My graduate research evaluates this at the microscopic level, looking at the influence of local (i.e. human disturbance) and global (i.e. El Niño) stressors on the microbial community of coral reefs and the corals themselves. I am interested in how the community structure of reef-associated microbes and corals are related and how this relationship changes under stress.
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