Kelsey Archer Barnhill

Thesis title: Cold-Water Coral Reef Growth and Loss in a Changing Ocean


Master of Science:  Ecology  Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Bachelor of Arts:  Geological Sciences  -  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society
  • International Coral Reef Society
  • The Geological Society 
  • British Ecological Society
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Research summary

My PhD research, Cold-water Coral Reef Growth and Loss in a Changing Ocean, focuses on climate-change induced impacts to deep sea reef ecosystems.  Through using laboratory mesocosms to run year-long experiments on live corals and coral skeletons, my work will allow scientists to better understand physiological and structural responses of Lophelia pertusa to ocean acidification, warming, and deoxygenation. These results will be combined with ROV footage analysis quantifying the ratio of alive to dead corals to create carbonate budget models to predict reef futures in projected ocean scenarios.

Barnhill KA, Bahr KD. (2019) Coral Resilience at Malauka’a Fringing Reef, Kane’ohe Bay, O’ahu after 18 years. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 7:311.