Dr. Caroline Dubé
Keywords: Coral reefs, Reproduction, Microbiome, Symbiosis, Adaptation
I am a and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Integrative Biology and Systems from the University Laval (Canada) and the Reefscape Genomics Lab. My research concerns the ecology and evolution of corals, with a particular focus on host-microbiome interactions and their influence on coral adaptation to environmental change. Since corals establish complex and dynamic interactions with a variety of microorganisms that are essential for their survival, my research aims to better understand the influence of host genetic identity on the composition of the coral microbiome under thermal stress. I use multi-omics approaches and in situ experiments to study the molecular mechanisms underlying coral thermal tolerance during bleaching events caused by increased temperuature. I hope that the identification of these key mechanisms will contribute to address current challenges in reef conservation.