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Dr Erica HendyB.Sc.(Waik.), D.Sc.(Otago), Ph.D.(A.N.U.)

Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemical Cycles

Erica Hendy

Dr Erica HendyB.Sc.(Waik.), D.Sc.(Otago), Ph.D.(A.N.U.)

Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemical Cycles

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Research interests

Coral reefs are geological structures made by living organisms from carbonate. I research the past and future of these fascinating ecosystems, and their use in documenting tropical climate variability. The study of coral reefs intersects the disciplines of biology, geology and geochemistry, and for this reason I have a joint academic position at the University of Bristol shared between the two Schools of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences.

My research group undertakes studies that span from micron-scale geochemical probing of skeletons to global-scale models of reef distribution. We use the skeletons of massive coral colonies to look at past climates, environmental conditions and biological responses. For example, using boron isotopes to monitor how coral control calcification when stressed by reduced seawater pH or changes in water flow regimes. We also apply statistical and mechanistic modelling approaches, driven by biogeochemical and climate model output, to project forward, or reconstruct past coral reef response to global climate change and ocean acidification.

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Postal address:
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

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    Evaluation of coral reef carbonate production models at a global scale

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    Tropical coral reef habitat in a geoengineered, high-CO2 world

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    Environmental controls on the global distribution of shallow-water coral reefs

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    Boron isotopes (δ¹¹B) in coral: energy budgets and pH maintenance at the site of calcification

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Exploring the application of high-temperature isothermal heating experiments to examine protein degradation in Porites coral skeleton

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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