Kerri Dobson, Ph.D.

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Kerri is an early career marine biologist interested in the effects of climate change stressors on marine organisms, and the associated effects on community and functional ecology. In early 2021, Kerri completed her PhD at the Ohio State University, where she studied the effects of multiple stressors (increasing sea surface temperatures, ocean acidification) on tropical coral ecophysiology and biogeochemistry, and the potential for other factors (i.e., heterotrophy, moderate nutrients, low light) to mitigate these stressors. Most recently, Kerri was a 2021 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program. As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the McCoy Lab, Kerri will be working to further our understanding of cryptic speciation in coralline algal and their functional ecology.