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.