I am broadly interested in how global climate and environmental change affect tropical coral reefs, the world’s most biologically diverse marine ecosystem. In particular, my research aims to understand the effects of ocean acidification and warming on reef-building corals, what biogeochemical traits make some coral species more resistant to these stressors than others, and if and how they may be able to acclimate or adapt to global change over the coming decades.

My educational background in both biological and earth sciences has resulted in a strong interdisciplinary research approach, taking advantage of physiological, stable isotope and geochemical tools to address my research questions.

Find out more about my current and past research projects here.

 

Further info and reading

Invited talk “Thermal tolerance of corals from the Kimberley region, a naturally extreme environment” at the Future of Marine Ecosystems Symposium in Hobart, TAS, 2015

Schoepf V (2016) “The third global bleaching event took its toll on Western Australia’s super-corals”, The Conversation and Australian Geographic

Schoepf V (2016) “Perspective: local coral reefs battle bleaching conditions”, Science Network WA

Schoepf V (2015) “Even the super-corals of Australia’s Kimberley are not immune to climate change”, The Conversation