I am interested in understanding how marine invertebrates are responding to current and projected global change using a variety of techniques.

My undergraduate work at UNC Wilmington with Dr. Alina Szmant focussed on how the chemistry within the coral gastrovascular cavity responded to changes in external seawater pH and how that relates to calcification (read more here: Bove et al 2020).

Adapted from Bove et al 2020

During my PhD at UNC Chapel Hill, I was interested in how Caribbean reef-building corals respond to ocean acidification and warming through meta analyses (read more here: Bove et al 2020), quantification of calcification and linear extension rates (read more here: Bove et al 2019), coral holobiont physiology (Bove et al 2022), and skeletal morphology (In preparation).

Recently, I quantified historic geospatial sea surface temperature trends and marine heatwaves on coral reefs across the Caribbean Sea as a Postdoctoral Researcher (read more here: Bove et al 2022).

My current projects include using molecular techniques to study Crepidula fornicata (slipper snails) under winter thermal stress (in collaboration with Dr. Jan Pechenik at Tufts) and the effects of ocean acidification and boring sponges have on Crassostrea virginica (Eastern Oyster) (in collaboration with Dr. Justin Ries at Northeastern University).

Check out these recorded seminars about some of my ongoing research

University of Rhode Island Bio@Noon seminar February 24, 2021 (View it here)

Chico State Friday Seminar Series November 4, 2022 (link coming soon)