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Kristen Brown- PhD Student

Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory | Catlin Seaview Survey
School of Biological Sciences | University of Queensland
Room 732, Level 7 Gehrmann Laboratories (Bldg. 60)
St. Lucia, QLD 4078 Australia


Kristen holds a Bachelors of Science (1st class Honours) in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed two Honours research theses; one at the University of Western Australia investigating the population genetics, mating systems and hybridization of the Australian seagrass Posidonia australis and the second at Stanford University examining patterns in epibiont species richness and composition as a function of size in Macrocystis pyrifera holdfasts. Upon graduation, Kristen furthered her education as an occupational trainee under Professor Rob Capon at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience. Here, she focused on computer applications to analyze and interpret the chemistry of marine invertebrates and algae to discover new natural products for use in pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. Kristen is a certified American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) SCUBA diver having dove all over the world with organizations such as Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Kristen is now affiliated with the Global Change Institute as a ‘Catlin Oceans Scholar’ scholarship recipient and joins the Coral Reef Ecosystems Laboratory as a PhD student. Combining her knowledge of phycology and chemistry, she is investigating the abundance, diversity and physiology of algal-coral interactions presently and under future conditions.


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Catherine Kim, PhD Student

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Catherine Kim
XL Catlin Oceans Scholar
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
University of Queensland Australia
Level 7 Gehrmann Labs (60)
St. Lucia, QLD 4072
+617 3365 3548
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Catherine hails from Virginia and completed her BSc in Science of Earth Systems concentrating in Oceanography at Cornell University.  Following graduation, she worked for Professor Drew Harvell coordinating her National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network Grant in the Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease.  She participated in seagrass wasting disease projects in the San Juan Islands, Washington and coral health and water quality surveys in Puakō, Hawai’i.  In 2013, she was also a program assistant for Cornell’s Earth and Environmental Systems Sustainability Semester based in Waimea, Hawai’i Island.

Currently, Catherine is an XL Catlin Oceans Scholar PhD student in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab and is fortunate to have been a part of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey global coral reef survey Indo-Pacific campaign in 2014.  Following the survey in Timor-Leste, Catherine is focusing her thesis work  in the newly independent nation combining XL Catlin and NOAA datasets.  As a former NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center intern, she is excited to initiate a research partnership between the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and NOAA in an effort to better understand the coral reefs of Timor-Leste.  She will be investigating questions on coral reef benthic composition, marine biodiversity of crabs and fishes, and coral health.  Hopefully, her work will contribute to in-country marine resource management at this critical point of development in Timor-Leste.


Groner ML, Burge CA, Kim CJS, Rees E, Van Alstyne KL, Yang S, Wyllie-Echeverria S, Harvell CD (2015). Widespread variation in eelgrass wasting disease in the Salish Sea. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

Yoshioka RM, Kim CJS, Tracy AM, Most R, Harvell CD (2015). Linking sewage pollution and water quality to spatial patterns of Porites lobata growth anomalies in Puakō, Hawai‘i. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Groner ML, Burge CA, Couch CS, Kim CJS, Siegmund GF, Singhal S, Smoot SC, Harvell CD, Wyllie-Echeverria S, Jarrell A & JK Gaydos (2014). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 108: 165-175. Host demography influences the prevalence and severity of seagrass wasting disease. doi: 10.3354/dao02709

Burge CA, Kim CJS, Lyles JM, & CD Harvell (2013). Special Issue Oceans and Humans Health: The Ecology of Marine Opportunists. Microb Ecol 65(4): 869-79. doi:10.1007/s00248-013-0190-7



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