Larval Ecology Laboratory

Researcher

Photo: Joana FigueiredoJoana Figueiredo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

"A solid understanding of species dispersal patterns, and how they might change with global warming, is essential to estimate rates of recovery following natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and to assist the design of effective reserve networks that intend to effectively maintain biodiversity, bolster productivity and minimize risks associated with climate change."

Research Focus

My research aims to increase our understanding of the environmental factors that are hampering the recovery rates of coral populations and to study how recovery rates can be bolstered by management actions. My research integrates experimentation and mathematical modeling approaches to predict current and future dispersal patterns of coral species.

Research Activities

  • Larval ecology
  • Dispersal and connectivity patterns of corals
  • Climate change impact on coral persistence
  • Marine invertebrates' biology, ecology and conservation

Contact Information

Joana Figueiredo, Ph.D.
jfigueiredo@nova.edu