Emma diving

Meet Emma Strand, a PhD student studying acclimatization of coral and passionate about science outreach!

Emma Strand is a Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island in Dr. Hollie Putnam’s lab. She studies ecophysiology and epigenetics of coral reefs under climate change stressors like ocean acidification and warming waters. Her research focuses on the patterns of gene expression, DNA methylation, and physiological stress response in order to inform effective, long-term coral restoration and conservation efforts. Outside of lab projects, she is an active science communicator and educator.