Alice Webb

Alice E. Webb, Ph.D.

Coral Carbonate Budget Post-Doctoral Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

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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.

Current Work

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.

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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

  1. Webb, A.E., A.M. Palacio-Castro, K. Cooke, K.R. Eaton, B. Chomitz, N. Soderberg, M. Chakraborty, Z. Zagon, A. Boyd, P.M. Kiel, A. Demerlis, C.T. Perry, and I.C. Enochs. Rubble persistence under ocean acidification threatened by accelerated bioerosion and lower-density coral skeletons. Global Change Biology, 30(6):e17371, 2024
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  2. Palacio-Castro, A.M., I.C. Enochs, N. Besemer, A. Boyd, M. Jankulak, G. Kolodziej, H.K. Hirsh, A.E. Webb, E.K. Towle, C. Kelble, I. Smith, and D.P. Manzello. Coral reef carbonate chemistry reveals interannual, seasonal, and spatial impacts on ocean acidification off Florida. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 37(12):e2023GB007789, 2023
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  3. 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, 2023
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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.