Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader
Reef futures: Adaptation and Resilience of Coral Reefs
  • 2011 NCCARF funded senior research fellow with ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville. Research area: Adaptive strategies to climate change in coastal ecosystems.
  • 2008-2010 Smart State and Senior Research Fellow with ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville. Research area: Genomic adaptation to climate change in corals.
  • 2006-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow with ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville. Research area: Adaptation to climate change in corals.
  • 2006 Associate Lecturer in Population and Conservation Genetics, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, JCU, Townsville.
  • 2006 PhD in Population Genetics, JCU, Townsville.
  • 2000 BSc (Hons 1A) in Marine Biology, JCU, Townsville.
Current Research Activities
My research integrates physiological, genetic and genomic data to understand how corals interact with their environment. In particular, I am interested in the rates and mechanisms of physiological acclimatisation, and the potential for genetic adaptation in response to climate and ocean change.
Expert Committees and Boards
  • 2016 - Chair of Science Advisory Panel for Reef Habitat Restoration
  • 2012 - Editor Coral Reefs, Associate Editor BMC Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012, 2016 Co-chair of mini-symposium and editor of proceedings, ICRS, Cairns
  • 2011 - Adjunct research fellow: ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville.
  • 2010-2011 Expert committee for adaptive strategies to climate change in coastal ecosystems: NCCARF
Over 40 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Bay LK, Doyle J, Logan M, Berkelmans R (2016) Recovery from bleaching is mediated by threshold densities of background thermo-tolerant symbiont types in a reef-building coral. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160322

Dixon G, Bay LK, Matz MV (2016) Evolutionary consequences of DNA methylation in a basal Metazoan Genic DNA methylation causes codon bias in stony corals. Molecular Biology and Evolution

Dixon GB, Davies SW, Aglyamova GA, Meyer E, Bay LK and Matz MV (2015) Genomic determinants of coral heat tolerance across latitudes. Science 348(6242): 1460-1462

Bay LK, Guérécheau A, Andreakis N Ulstrup KE, Matz MV (2013) Gene expression signatures of energetic acclimatisation in the reef building coral Acropora millepora. PLoS ONE 8(5): e61736

Howells EJ, Berkelmans R, van Oppen MJH, Willis BL, Bay LK (2013) Historical thermal regimes define limits to coral acclimatization. Ecology 94(5): 1078-1088

Howells EJ, Beltran VH, Larsen NW, Bay LK, Willis BL, van Oppen MJH (2012) Coral thermal tolerance shaped by local adaptation of photosymbionts. Nature Climate Change 2: 116- 120

Levy O, Kaniewska P, Alon S, Eisenberg E, Karako-Lampert S, Bay LK, Reef R, Rodriguez-Lanetty M Miller DJ, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Complex diel cycles of gene expression in coral-algal symbiosis. Science 331: 175

Graham NAJ, Ainsworth TD, Baird AH, Ban NC, Bay LK, and 13 others (2011) From microbes to people: tractable benefits of No Take Areas for coral reefs. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 49: 117-148

Bay LK, Ulstrup, KE, Nielsen HB, Jarmer H, Goffard N, Willis BL, Miller DJ, van Oppen MJH (2009a) Microarray analysis reveals transcriptional plasticity in the reef building coral Acropora millepora. Molecular Ecology 18: 3062-3075

Bay LK, Nielsen HB, Jarmer H, Seneca F, van Oppen MJH (2009) Transcriptomic variation in a coral reveals pathways of clonal organization. Marine Genomics 2:119-125

Bay LK, Caley MJ, Crozier RH (2008) Metapopulation structure in a coral reef fish demonstrated by genetic data on patterns of migration, extinction and re-colonisation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:248

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