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Dr Shawna Foo

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Sydney

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Focus Area

Positive social change

Dr Shawna Foo

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Research Fellowship

University: The University of Sydney

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Focus Area

Positive social change

Scholarship Project

Climate change is degrading the world’s coral reefs; however, certain reefs are resilient and are able to thrive under environmental stress. My project will use innovative analysis techniques to identify factors that can help mitigate the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems.

Biography

I’ve always been fascinated by animals surviving in extreme environments. With climate change threatening the existence of marine ecosystems, my overarching focus is understanding the potential of animals to adapt to ocean change, and to identify factors that influence resilience to climate stress at both a species and population level.

 

I carried out my PhD at the University of Sydney, investigating the adaptive potential of sea urchins to ocean warming and acidification, contrasting responses from the poles to the tropics. Since then, I’ve worked across Italy and the United States, using a suite of model animals and systems (e.g. the anemone Aiptasia, sea urchins, natural seawater CO2 vents), quantitative tools and remote sensing technologies to study marine systems at various scales in the context of global change.

 

Now based back at the University of Sydney, my work will use an integrative approach to investigate coral reef resilience from offspring to ecosystems, capitalising on naturally occurring components of coral reefs and associated systems.

Skills & Expertise

  • Invertebrate developmental biology
  • Marine biology and ecology
  • Remote sensing of coral reefs
  • Coral reef restoration
  • Science communication

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