Global change effects in corals and coral reefs, particularly ocean warming and acidification.
Coral reefs resilience to interactive local and global stressor.
Genetic bases of coral resistance and resilience to diseases .
Ana Maria Palacio, Ph.D.
NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
“Solving the threats that coral reefs face requires that the community of scientists, managers, and stakeholders keep sharing and discussing their research so we can act quickly to protect these ecosystems.”
Dr. Palacio is a biologist interested in the future of our oceans. Her main focus of research has been how ocean warming, acidification, and pollution affect corals, causing coral bleaching and mortality. She also identifies environmental and genetic factors that promote more resistant corals that could survive in our fast changing world. Ana uses a combination of fieldwork and laboratory experiments to better understand corals’ susceptibility and tolerance to these stressors. She collects small coral samples during expeditions and experiments, which she then analyzes with molecular techniques and bioinformatic tools.
2019, Ph.D. Marine Biology & Ecology, RSMAS, U. Miami, Virginia Key, FL
2010, B.S. Biology, Universidad de Antioquia Colombia
Johnston, M.A., M.S. Studivan, I.C. Enochs, A.M.S. Correa, N. Besemer, R.J. Eckert, K. Edwards, R. Hannum, X, Hu, M. Nuttall, K. O’Connell, A.M. Palacio-Castro, G.P. Schmahl, A.B. Sturm, B. Ushijima, and J.D. Voss. Coral disease outbreak at the remote Flower Garden Banks, Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10:1111749, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2023.1111749 2023
Palacio-Castro, A.M., S.M. Rosales, C.E. Dennison, and A.C. Baker. Microbiome signatures in Acropora cervicornis are associated with genotypic resilience to elevated nutrients and heat stress. Coral Reefs, 41(5):1389-1403, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-022-02289-w 2022
Palacio-Castro, A.M., C.E. Dennison, S.M. Rosales, and A.C. Baker. Variation in susceptibility among three Caribbean coral species and their algal symbionts indicate the threatened staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, is particularly susceptible to elevated nutrients and heat stress. Coral Reefs, 40(5):1601-1613, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-021-02159-x 2021