Dr. Harmony Martell is an Ocean Leaders Postdoctoral Fellow, marine ecophysiologist, and seasoned educator with two decades of science teaching experience at the high school and university levels. She is passionate about mentorship, particularly for women and underrepresented groups in marine science. Pursuant to her aim to make science accessible to all, mentors undergraduate students through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REX) program at UBC and values science communication. She is a marine ecophysiologist interested in the effects of temperature on marine plants and invertebrates, particularly in the context of climate change. The sea, conservation, and education are the core tenets of all her pursuits. She is a proud mother of two in academia.
An expert in physiology, thermal performance and acquired thermal tolerance (i.e., stress memory) of Scleractinian corals and their symbiotic algae Symbiodiniaceae, Dr. Martell’s research links fine-scale mechanisms of physiology to large-scale phenomena, such as coral bleaching events. Dr. Martell is currently developing models to better understand the mechanisms of coral bleaching using the relationship between light, temperature and metabolism. She also participates in science communication initiatives in the Ocean Leaders Program.
Hackerott S, Martell HA, Eirin-Lopez, J (2021) Coral environmental memory: causes, mechanisms, and consequences for future reefs. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2021.06.014
Martell HA, Zimmerman RC (2021) Heating rate modulates the metabolic response of the staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis (Lamarck, 1816). Marine Biology 168, 83 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03847-6
Murton J, Nagarajan A, Nguyen AY, Liberton M, Hancock HA, Pakrasi HB, Timlin JA. (2017) Population level coordination of pigment response in individual cyanobacterial cells under altered nitrogen levels. Photosynthesis Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-017-0422-7
2021 REX Mentor of the Year Award