The Living Ocean Foundation's Global Reef Expedition
From 2013 to 2015, I was fortunate enough to have traversed a good portion of the Pacific and Indian Oceans as a fellow with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.
My goal on these research expeditions was to sample the model coral for research Pocillopora damicornis/acuta at a variety of environmental conditions and health states (i.e., healthy, bleached, diseased) in order to gain insight into the environmental physiology of this species. In the process, I have been designing a molecular biomarker-based diagnostics test for assessment of coral health. I currently have a plethora of samples and am actively looking for collaborators! For a list of all samples available for sharing, please click here (more detailed) or here (less detailed). I have included a table below that shows where I am in the sample and data processing. Otherwise, here is a list of the locations I visited with LOF (linked to the pages where you can find more information):
1. French Polynesia (Austral Islands)
2. Cook Islands