E5 Coral is a team formed by six research labs from top public U.S. universities that work together to predict phenotypic and eco-evolutionary consequences of environmental energetic epigenetic linkages.
NSF AWARD NUMBERS
1921465, 1921149, 1921425, 1921356, 1921402
This project uses symbiotic, metabolically complex reef-building corals as a model system to test the connections between physiological, epigenetic, and metabolic states, and predict how population and community dynamics are influenced by epigenetically-modulated phenotypes.
This work will advance biological knowledge by delineating fundamental links (Rules of Life) between ubiquitous organismal energetic processes, epigenetics, and eco-evolutionary outcomes. The broader impacts activities parallel the project’s integrative approach, linking insights from environment x energetics x epigenetics x ecology for education into an E5 platform.
Six Research Labs from Top Public U.S. Universities
Mo’orea is one of the best-studied coral reef ecosystems in the world, offering a unique opportunity to study coral epigenetics.
The island of Mo’orea (French Polynesia) is an offshore barrier reef where all major coral reef types are present and accessible by small boat. Research is supported by NSF’s Moorea Coral Reef LTER, staged from the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station on Cooks Bay.
E5 Coral latest expedition to Mo’orea took place in October of 2020.
The remote location of Mo’orea makes every trip a trepidant and challenging adventure. E5 Coral Epigenetics scientists fly thousands of miles, dive in tropical waters, bring coral samples to shore, process them in the lab where they are stored before shipped back to their labs in the U.S.