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Welcome to the Castillo Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill
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Research projects in the Castillo Lab are at the interface of ecology and physiology. A variety of ecophysiological research tools and techniques are employed to examine the mechanisms that underlie relationships between coastal marine organisms and their physical environment. Current research efforts are focused on establishing quantitative links between field and controlled laboratory experiments to investigate how temperate and tropical corals interact with their physical environment and how their environmental history influences their physiological performance. Ecophysiological methods are also employed to investigate and predict the impacts future changes in our climate -- such as ocean warming and ocean acidification -- will have on coral organisms across a variety of spatio-temporal scales. The effects of local anthropogenic stressors such as nutrient enrichment, increased sedimentation, and pollution are also examined to capture a more holistic assessment of coral physiological response during this climate change interval. Significant effort is made to collaborate with local governments and reserve managers to apply  our  research findings to coral reef conservation and marine protected area design. 

© 2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   
Maintained by K. D. Castillo and Jessica Boulton
   Last Updated - October 2015