The Coral Reef Conservation Research Laboratory

Coral The Baker Lab at the University of Miami studies the biology, ecology and conservation of coral reefs with a particular emphasis on the impacts of ongoing climate change on these ecosystems. A major research theme is the complex and dynamic relationship between corals and their algal symbionts (“zooxanthellae” in the genus Symbiodinium), to better understand how corals might adapt to both warming ocean temperatures and increased ocean acidification in the coming decades.

Research projects include collaborative field activities on reefs worldwide, experiments in indoor and outdoor coral facilities in Miami, and genetic analysis of samples in the laboratory. These activities encompass a range of themes including molecular systematics, population genetics, conservation biology and physiological ecology. An important aspect of many of these projects is the promotion of a marine conservation ethic to public and policy audiences. More details can be found under “Research”.