Impacts of UV radiation on corals and other organisms in the Red Sea

Impacts of UV radiation on corals and other organisms in the Red Sea

Internship Description

UV radiation has been identified as a key abiotic stressor in the marine environment, particularly in waters characterized by high optical transparency. One such environment is the Red Sea basin that, due to consistently minimal concentrations of UV-attenuating substances, has an exceptionally high transparency to UV radiation. This optical property and the proximity of the basin to the equator means that Red Sea organisms are exposed to intense, damaging levels of UV radiation.

This project will investigate the effects of UV on scleractinian corals and other organisms in the Red Sea. 

Deliverables/Expectations

  • Bibliographic search and bibliometric analysis.
  • Design of field and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply molecular laboratory techniques to evaluate UV effects on e.g. DNA damage, symbiosis state, lipid peroxidation, etc.
  • Write final report summarizing the project work and key findings.

Faculty Name

Susana Agusti

Field of Study