Role
Postdoctoral Fellow for reef restoration and adaptation
Background
My marine science career began in the Caribbean, working on the sexual reproduction of acroporid and favid corals, and evaluating the impact of warming oceans on the early life-history stages of corals. I then moved on to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s coral reef task, to evaluate the impacts of sedimentation from land-use change on coral reproduction and recruitment, after which I moved back to academia to investigate the impacts of coral-disease outbreaks on coral populations in the Caribbean. During this time, disease was becoming a major challenge for reefs in the region, and I applied spatial-ecological modelling approaches to test questions of disease causation and transmission, by identifying environmental drivers. The need for effective and large-scale coral restoration became increasingly obvious during my years working in the Caribbean, which led me to pursue a career at AIMS that combines developmental biology, marine ecology, & restoration science.
Education

PhD Florida Institute of Technology, USA, 2016 (Marine Ecology)

MSc U. of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, 2009 (Marine Biology)

BSc (Hons) U. of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, 2007 (Marine Biology)

Current Research Activities
My current research focuses on overcoming the settlement and post-settlement survival bottlenecks in the early life-history stages of corals for use in reef-restoration activities. I investigate coral larval-settlement cues, and combine large spatial scale field studies with the results from laboratory experiments to improve coral restoration methodologies.
Publications
A selection of papers in international journals:

Randall CJ, EM Muller, C Pollock, I Lundgren, Z Hillis-Staar (2018) Testing methods to mitigate Caribbean yellow-band disease on Orbicella faveolata. Peer J 6: e4800.

Randall CJ and R van Woesik (2017) Some coral diseases track climate oscillations in the Caribbean. Scientific Reports 7(1): 5719.

van Woesik and CJ Randall (2017) Coral-disease hotspots in the Caribbean. Ecosphere 8(5) e01814.

Randall CJ, AG Jordan-Garza, E Muller and R van Woesik (2016) Does dark-spot syndrome experimentally transmit among Caribbean corals? PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147493.

van Woesik, R, C Cacciapaglia, and CJ Randall (2016) Thermal stress response of coral communities to climate change. In The Cnidaria, past, present and future. The world of Medusa and her sisters. Eds. Goffredo and Dubinsky. Pp. 545-552. Springer International Publishing.

Randall CJ and R van Woesik (2015) Contemporary white-band disease in Caribbean corals driven by climate change. Nature Climate Change 5:375-379.

Randall CJ, AG Jordan-Garza, E Muller and R van Woesik (2014) Relationships between the history of thermal stress and the relative risk of Caribbean corals. Ecology 95:1981-1994.

Randall CJ, AG Jordan-Garza and R van Woesik (2014) Marine ciliates associated with disease on two Caribbean corals. Coral Reefs 34:243-247.

Polato NR, CR Voolstra, J Schneitzer, MK DeSalvo, CJ Randall, AM Szmant, M Medina and IB Baums (2010) Locations-specific responses to thermal stress in larvae of the reef-building coral Montastraea faveolata. PLoS ONE 5(6): e11221.

Randall CJ and AM Szmant (2009) Elevated temperature affects development, survivorship and settlement of the elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata. Biological Bulletin 217:269-282.

Voolstra CR, J Schneitzer, L Peshkin, CJ Randall, AM Szmant and M Medina (2009) Effects of temperature on gene expression in embryos of the coral Montastraea faveolata, BMC Genomics 10:627.

Randall CJ and AM Szmant (2009) Elevated temperature reduces survivorship and settlement of the larvae of the Caribbean scleractinian coral, Favia fragum (Esper). Coral Reefs 28:537-545.

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