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 eco-physiological, stable isotope and biogeochemical tools to address my research questions.

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

 

Further info and reading

 

Articles for The Conservation

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

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

 

TEDxUWA talk “Super corals and the future of coral reefs”

presented on 2 December 2017 at the TEDxUWA “The Future Blueprint” conference

 

Public forum talk “Life on Australia’s wildest coral reefs – the quest for super corals”

I was invited to speak at the Public Forum of the Coral Reef Futures Symposium, which was held by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the Shine Dome in Canberra in June 2017.