Coral Biomineralization and Physiology

About

Lab Leader: Dr. Tali Mass

Lab Manager: Dr. Ricardo Almuly

My main scientific interests involve in understanding how does the coral catalyze the precipitation of biomineral? Where and when is the biomineral formed? And what is the biophysical basis for the precipitation reaction. In addition, I focus my study on how calcifying marine organisms respond physiologically and morphologically to changes in their environment and to better understand the role of algal (genus Symbiodinium) symbionts in coral (host) calcification.

The lab focuses on:

  • Basic mechanism responsible the precipitation of calcium carbonate in corals
  • How calcifying marine organisms respond physiologically and morphologically to changes in their environment
  • What is the role of algal (genus Symbiodinium) symbionts in coral (host) calcification. 

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