Research Affiliate, Oceans and Coasts
Masters of Applied Science in Marine Biology, James Cook University, 2013
My work aims to explore some of the ecological mechanisms that could be driving patterns of reef recovery in the Lakshadweep islands. Post-disturbed reefs are often dominated by dead coral skeletons, which become the primary settlement structure for new coral. However, these dead coral structures differ substantially in their inherent mechanical stabilities. I am interested in the interactions between substrate, structure and local hydrodynamics in influencing the early post-settlement fate and survival of coral recruits, and the repercussions this can have for reef-scale benthic recovery.
Shreya is currently pursuing her doctoral research on coral reefs at the University of Hawaii.