Coral reef ecology, carbonate chemistry, and biogeochemical processes.
Alice E. Webb, Ph.D.
Coral Carbonate Budget Post-Doctoral Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
“Life, uh, finds a way.” Dr Ian Malcolm 1993
Dr. Webb’s research integrates ecological, metabolic, and biogeochemical data to understand how marine organisms interact with their environment. Specifically, she is interested in the mechanisms and rates of carbonate accretion and dissolution by benthic communities in response to global (warming and acidification) and local (eutrophication and pollutants) stressors. She uses a wide range of analytical techniques combined with in situ experiments for holistic assessments of community-wide functional responses to environmental change.
Currently, I am working on developing a modelling approach to forecast future habitat persistence along the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico by incorporating site-specific climate projections and coral adaptive capacity into future trajectories of reef habitat persistence. I am also building an evaluative, web-based and easily interpretable tool to translate carbonate budgets into a climate-relevant management tool for forecasting habitat persistence. The goal of this project is to allow managers to: 1) determine if their reef(s) are presently eroding or accreting, structurally complex, and if/when they may become erosional in the future with climate change and ocean acidification, and 2) assess the possible efficacy of counteractive measures to maintain reef structure.
2019, PhD, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands
2012, M.Sc Oceanography, University of Southhampton, United Kingdom
2010, B.Sc Hons Marine Biology, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Webb, A.E., I.C. Enochs, R. van Hooidonk, R.M. van Westen, N. Besemer, G. Kolodziej, T.S. Viehman, and D. Manzello. Restoration and coral adaptation delay, but do not prevent, climate-driven reef framework erosion of an inshore site in the Florida Keys. Scientific Reports, 13:258, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-26930-4 2023
Morris, J., I. Enochs, A. Webb, D. de Bakker, N. Soderberg, G. Kolodziej, and D. Manzello. The influences of diurnal variability and ocean acidification on the bioerosion rates of two reef-dwelling Caribbean sponges. Global Change Biology, 28(23):7126-7138, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16442 2022
Webb, A.E., de Bakker, D.M., Soetaert, K., da Costa, T., van Heuven, S.M., van Duyl, F.C., Reichart, G.J. and de Nooijer, L.J. (2021). Quantifying functional consequences of habitat degradation on a Caribbean coral reef. Biogeosciences, 18(24), 6501-6516.
Webb, A. E., Engelen, A. H., Bouwmeester, J., van Dijk, I., Geerken, E., Lattaud, J., Engelen, D., de Bakker, B.S., & de Bakker, D.M. (2021). Synchronized broadcast spawning by six invertebrates (Echinodermata and Mollusca) in the north-western Red Sea. Marine Biology, 168(5), 1-6.
Achlatis, M., van der Zande, R. M., Webb, A. E., de Bakker, D. M., de Nooijer, L. J., & de Goeij, J. M. (2021). Photosynthetically stimulated bioerosion in symbiotic sponges: the role of glycerol and oxygen. Coral Reefs, 40(3), 881- 891.