Hannah E Epstein

Coral Microbial Ecology | Coral Adaptation & Acclimatization |Climate Resilience


Animals might be evolution’s icing, but bacteria are the cake.”

-Andrew Knoll


About Me

I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Baum Lab at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

I completed my PhD research in Australia at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) under the supervision of Prof. Madeleine van Oppen, Prof. Philip L Munday and Dr. Gergely Torda. I was also part of an international collaborative team researching coral assisted evolution approaches that was led by Prof. Madeleine van Oppen at AIMS and Dr. Ruth Gates at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, funded by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies.

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“It is the microbes that will have the last word”

-Louis Pasteur


My Research

As a coral microbial ecologist, my research is focused on addressing our anthropogenically-driven coral reef crisis from the microscopic to ecosystem level. Specifically, I am interested in three overall objectives: 

1.The Main drivers of microbial community composition in corals

2.How changes in microbial community composition impact climate resilience in corals

3.How changes in microbial communities in corals affect the health and resilience of the broader coral reef ecosystem


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