Dr. Andreas Andersson
Associate Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Andersson’s general research interest deals with global environmental change owing to both natural and anthropogenic processes, and the subsequent effects on the function, role, and cycling of carbon in marine environments. His current research is mainly concerned with ocean acidification in coral reefs and in near-shore coastal environments. The aim of his current research attempts to address the relative importance and control of seawater CO2chemistry and environmental parameters (e.g., light, temperature, nutrients, flow-regime) on reef biogeochemical processes and the interactions between physics, chemistry, and biology. He utilize’s chemical measurements of seawater at different spatial and temporal scales to “take the pulse” of a given reef system in order to monitor its biogeochemical function and performance. This is complemented with controlled experiments in aquaria and mesocosms as well as numerical model simulations. Andersson also studies CaCO3dissolution, and especially the susceptibility and rates of dissolution of Mg-calcite mineral phases to changing seawater CO2 chemistry.
Dr. Garen Baghdasarian
Professor, Santa Monica College, CA
Dr. Chris Jury
Dr. Janie Wulff
Dr. Wulff studies the ecology of sponges and the organisms with which they interact as mutualistic partners, competitors, and prey, especially in coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. I have been focusing on several conceptual issues that are especially intriguing for sponges: a) ecology and evolution of mutualisms; b) biogeographic and habitat patterns of diversity and abundance, and how these are influenced by interactions and life histories; and c) effects of physical disturbance and pathogens on population and community dynamics, focusing especially on the importance of different growth forms and life histories. Her primary approaches to research are experimental manipulations in the field, combined with biogeographic comparisons; and most of her field work is in Belize, Panama, and the Florida Keys.