Coral reef - credit S Steele

Glacial past, genetic science and saving today’s coral reefs

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month the Museum is sharing the stories of 27 inspirational women, alongside the animals they work with the most.


Maddie Emms

Department of Zoology

Maddie Emms collecting genetic sample
Maddie Emms collecting genetic sample

I am a Zoology PhD student interested in how environmental change affects coral reef organisms.

Coral reefs are incredibly important habitats but are sensitive to environmental change. I am studying how the loss of coral reef habitat due to environmental change affects coral reef fish populations by looking back into the past. I am using genetics to look at population changes in Red Sea reef fishes during the last glacial period, and their subsequent recovery. This can help us identify long-term effects on coral reef fish populations and predict future population responses to coral reef habitat loss.

Find out more about this research on the Evolutionary Ecology Group website.

You can hear Maddie Emms talk about her research on our YouTube channel in Celebrating Women in Science and Conservation. Skip to 89 minutes for Maddie’s talk.


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