How does combined ocean acidification and warming affect coral fitness?

As part of my PhD research, I also studied how combined ocean acidification (OA) and warming affects coral calcification and energy reserves. I found that some coral species were more resistant to OA and warming than previously expected, and did not consume their energy reserves to maintain calcification under these conditions.

I further used this project to demonstrate that two common techniques to measure coral calcification (i.e., buoyant weighing and alkalinity depletion incubations) resulted in comparable growth rates. This is important because this means that the sensitivity of coral calcification to OA can be predicted reliably, and is thus independent of the technique that was used to measure calcification rates.

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