Cohen Lab
  • coral

What we do

Research in the Cohen Lab focuses on climate change and its impact on life in the ocean. We are particularly interested in Calcification, a processes that produces the tiniest seashells, and coral reef ecosystems so big they can be seen from space. Together with organic matter production in the surface oceans, marine calcification exerts significant control on ocean-atmosphere CO2 exchange and is therefore of global biogeochemical significance, as well as critical to survival of a myriad different kinds of marine organisms. Calcified structures also contain records of past climate, providing a unique and valuable window in oceanographic changes beyond the past 100 years. Our lab utilizes laboratory-based and field experiments and observations to gain insight into the fundamental processes of calcification, to identify the primary biological, physical and biogeochemical drivers of calcification from organism to ecosystem scales, and to develop new climate proxies that allow us to build records of ocean climate change spanning the past millenium.

Follow our current expedition to Palau expedition to study environmental conditions on some of the most remote coral reefs in the Pacific »

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Cohen Lab in print

  • Geophysical Research Letters