Gabriela Perna




​I have a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow. My specific research areas of interest are the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on marine calcifiers, which developed throughout my university career and research placements. I first became hooked in this area when I carried out a research placement with Dr Maoz Fine at the Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Israel. I gained experience working both in the field (the Red Sea is an incredible field site!) and in the laboratory assisting in experiments examining the effects of ocean acidification on a range of marine calcifiers. Following graduation, I gained a position as a Research Assistant with Dr Nicholas Kamenos at the University of Glasgow examining the physiological effects of ocean acidification and climate change on coralline algae and coral, and was lucky enough to be part of a team examining the climate tolerance thresholds of corals in the Maldives. Following this I gained a positon as a Research Assistant at the Instituto de Estudos do Mar Almirante Paulo Moreria, Arraial do Cabo, again investigating the effects of climate change on marine calcifiers and examining the marine ecology of the surrounding local area. Enthusiastic to explore new places and gain more experience and knowledge I applied for a VSRP internship at KAUST and was lucky enough to become a member of Dr Manuel Aranda's lab group!

Research Interests

​I am researching the physiological effects of temperature on Aiptasia pallida and investigating whether they are able to acclimate to future climate change scenarios.

Selected Publications

  • Hennige, SJ, Wicks, LC, Kamenos, NA, Perna, G, Findlay, HS, Roberts, JM (2015). Hidden impacts of ocean acidification to live and dead coral framework. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20150990.
  • Tâmega, FTS, Perna, G, Spotorno-Olivera, P, Gonçalves, JEA (2016). A unique free-living geniculate coralline bed formation. Marine Biodiversity.
  • Kamenos, NA, Perna, G, Gambi, M, Micheli, F, Kroeker, K (2016). Reduced abundance of coralline algae in a naturally acidified ecosystem is balanced by maintenance of size and skeletal mineralogy. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. – just been accepted


  • ​B.Sc. (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of Glasgow (2010–2014)

Research Interests Keywords

Coral Reefs Climate Change Ecology Physiology Coralline Algae Epigenetics