Joana Figueiredo, Ph.D.
"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."
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.
- Larval ecology
- Dispersal and connectivity patterns of corals
- Climate change impact on coral persistence
- Marine invertebrates' biology, ecology and conservation