Gabriela Perna


VSRP Student​



I have a BSc (Hons) in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow. My research areas of interest are the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on marine calcifiers. I first became interested in this area when I carried out a research placement with Dr. Maoz Fine at the Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Israel. 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 position 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. I am currently a VSRP intern at KAUST investigating and identifying environmental reservoirs of Symbiodinium in the Red Sea. .

Research Interests

​​Marine biology, coral reef ecology, climate change, ​genomics, microbiology. ​

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. DOI: 20150990
  • Tâmega, FTS, Perna, G, Spotorno-Olivera, P, Riosmena-Rodríguez, R, Gonçalves, JEA (2016). A unique free-living geniculate coralline bed formation. Marine Biodiversity. DOI: 10.1007/s12526-016-0487-0
  • Kamenos, NA, Perna, G, Gambi, M, Micheli, F, Kroeker, K (2016). Coralline algae in a naturally acidified ecosystem persist by maintaining control of skeletal mineralogy and size. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1159​


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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Genomics Marine microbiology