Work in the rWright lab addresses how corals respond to environmental threats. This work serves (1) to inform ecosystem managers on best practices to maintain healthy reefs and (2) to explore basic biological principles related to adaptation under climate change.

We use a variety of cnidarian model systems (corals, anemones, jellyfish) to answer the following questions:

  • Genetics: How heritable are stress response phenotypes?
  • Population Genomics: What genetic variants are associated with resistance phenotypes?
  • Transcriptomics: What gene expression signatures distinguish survivors from susceptible individuals?
  • Functional Genomics: What is the mechanism of action for candidate stress response genes?