Bio-optical models to describe energy fluxes and budgets

As we face potentially catastrophic biodiversity losses in coral reefs due to anthropogenic activities, it is essential that we understand the driving forces that regulate the energy balance of corals and coral reef communities.

With the goal of addressing this challenge, I use bio-optical models based on physiological and optical principles as an approach to describe the energy balance in corals at different levels of biological organization, from organisms to communities.

This information has implications for the ecology and evolution of corals, as well as for the conservation and restoration of the critically endangered ecosystems they built.