Research

Caribbean island landscape photograph

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 (In Preparation), and skeletal morphology.

Recently, I quantified historic geospatial sea surface temperature trends and marine heatwaves on coral reefs across the Caribbean Sea as a Postdoctoral Researcher (preprint available here).

I am currently using molecular techniques to study Crepidula fornicata (slipper snails) under winter thermal stress (in collaboration with Dr. Jan Pechenik at Tufts) and larval development of the temperate coral, Astrangia poculata (in collaboration with Dr. Koty Sharp at Roger Williams University).