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Miss Cathryn Quick MSci Marine Biology

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Miss Cathryn Quick is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

I completed an MSci in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton, with my third year spent at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). While at UNCW I took part in a research trip to Curacao, where we used SCUBA to investigate the damage of overfishing on coral reefs. This project sparked my interest in coral reef ecology, and I witnessed first hand why these ecosystems need protecting. My MSci research focused on the photoprotective role of fluorescent proteins in reef building corals. This project developed my interest in molecular biology, and I am now investigating the molecular mechanisms of temperature tolerance in reef corals using NMR spectroscopy.

During my PhD project in Ocean and Earth Science, I will be using both the mesocosm coral systems in the Coral Reef Laboratory at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, and the NMR Spectroscopy Facility at Highfield Campus.

Research interests

• Function of coral fluorescent proteins
• Calcification mechanisms of scleractinian corals
• Stress physiology of corals
• Coral reef conservation

Research project: Mechanisms of extreme temperature tolerance of reef corals revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy

We will use advanced analytical chemistry techniques to examine the metabolic profile of extreme temperature tolerant corals exposed to different environmental conditions.


Dr Cecilia D'Angelo
Dr Jörn Werner
Professor Jörg Wiedenmann


Institute for Life Sciences

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Miss Cathryn Quick
Student Office, Room 166/09 University of Southampton Waterfront Campus National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number NNN: NOCS/566/13

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