Pacific Coral Reef Institute

The mechanisms of coral calcification – IRCP Grant

After Andra Whiteside and  Rohan Brooker, Aurélie Moya come for several days at the CRIOBE at Moorea, to study our coral reefs, thanks to an IRCP – SNH – SPDD grant.

Corporate portraits of staff at the ARC Coral Reef Studies

Aurélie Moya, research fellow at the ARC Coral Reef Studies – Australia


« I propose to apply parallel transcriptomic approaches based on developmental and tissue-specific features of calcification, to identify the genes involved in coral calcification and to characterize their pattern of expression during development. The proposed research will provide an essential baseline as well as new perspectives on the
potential impact of changing environmental conditions on coral reefs.

I will focus on the coral Pocillopora damicornis, which recently joined the handful of coral species for which extensive sequence data are publicly available (Traylor-Knowles et al. 2011). This species is an ideal candidate for the proposed work because it is one of the pioneer colonizers of reefs in the Indo-Pacific; it is abundant in French Polynesia, and it releases brooded larvae every lunar cycle throughout the year. An adult colony provides on average 500 larvae per month.

The proposed research addresses fundamental questions in coral biology – most obviously the mechanism of calcification – and will provide baseline and new perspectives on the potential impact of changing environmental conditions on coral reefs. »

Aurelie Moya_depeche.pdf

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