A coral consists of many different components that can be divided in to the coral host, phototrophic symbionts (zooxanthellae) and the coral microbiome. These three components largely dictate the ecological success of the holobiont in the field. However the role the different components play, and in particular the interaction between components and the environment, is still unclear.
Research within our laboratory and research sites aims to unpick the role of different components of the holobiont whilst also determining the flexibility of these component parts across environmental gradients. Research includes detailed field investigations, physiological characterisation and utilises an omics approach throughout.