The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and houses over 7000 marine species, but Australia’s coral reefs are under immediate and accelerating loss due to climate stressors and reduced water quality.
To confront the crisis of progressively declining coral reef cover, marine bio-geochemist Emma Camp is enhancing our knowledge of reef resilience.
By studying the physiology, genetics and molecular aspects of populations of naturally stress resilient corals, Dr Camp aims to gain insight into how those populations adapted to survive such extremes and provide critical knowledge for management plans to restore and conserve the Great Barrier Reef.
Dr Camp’s research of ‘supercorals’ thriving in extreme mangrove lagoon conditions has contributed to new adaptive management options on the Great Barrier Reef and has also enhanced reef protection plans in New Caledonia, the Seychelles and the Cayman Islands.
Emma’s extensive public engagement has spanned social media campaigns, underwater photography and primary and secondary school visits. Emma is also a United Nations Young Leader for Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Emma Camp was awarded her PhD from the University of Essex in 2015 and is currently an ARC DECRA and UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Climate Change Cluster (C3), Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney.