TriForOceans: saving coral reefs and informing the public about the importance of marine science and research through triathlon.
I initiated a fundraising campaign TriForOceans to raise money to help restore coral reefs across our planet. Let's all tri our best, TriForOceans!
Coral reefs - the hearts of our oceans crucial for the health of the ocean biosystem; they support and harbor a high density of diverse organisms - have been severely affected by climate change, pollution, and overfishing. According to this study, some parts of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia have recently witnessed more than 50% coral loss due to mass bleaching events. Coral bleaching refers to events that cause the coral to expel algae that live in their tissues. The coral and the algae live in a symbiotic relationship; the algae provide nutrients for the coral. Without the algae, coral can be more susceptible to disease and death. Following the expelling, the corals whiten in color (thus bleaching) and can take a decade or longer to recover, if at all (adapted from the following article).
I am a molecular marine biology Ph.D. Candidate and triathlete at Harvard University fascinated by the microbial diversity of the oceans. I am striving to push the nascent field forward by developing molecular tools to study diatoms, ubiquitous and highly diverse unicellular algae crucial for global cycling of carbon, nitrogen, silicon and iron. I am specifically focusing on understanding how diatoms metabolize silicon, a biological problem of both ecolocial and nanotechnological importance. If you want to learn more about these beautiful microorganisms and dig deeper into my research, you're welcome to visit my website.
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