Laura Stoltenberg

Research Interests

Laura Stoltenberg I am interested in coral reef biogeochemistry and benthic metabolism on coral reefs and how reefs are affected by climate change with a focus on ocean acidification (OA). After completing my B.Sc. in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, I continued my studies with an Erasmus Mundus Master of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC), where I had the opportunity to conduct my Master thesis at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). My project focused on the effects of both increased CO2 and warming on the photosynthesis and calcification of a Caribbean coral species.

After graduating, I was a research assistant in the same lab (Langdon Lab at RSMAS) and was able to carry out another experiment during which I gained further insights into OA research and working with flow through chambers to better understand the response or corals to climate change. I did this experiment in between two oceanographic cruises with NOAA, which took me all the way from 60°N to 60°S across the Atlantic Ocean. On board, I was assisting with the dissolved oxygen measurements (Winkler titrations) from CTD rosettes as part of the global repeat hydrography program (GOSHIP).

My current research takes me all the way back to Australia, where I am conducting a PhD at Southern Cross University, to study the temporal variation of dissolution of CaCO3 sediments on coral reefs. I am particularly interested in the natural variability in order to better understand and predict possible future responses to climate change stressors. I am carrying out an in-situ temporal study and spend a lot of my time on a small coral cay in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.