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I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where my research focuses on how oceanography and food availability bolster the resilience of coral populations on the remote reefs of the central equatorial Pacific.


During my PhD, I was a Nancy Foster Scholar with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries where I studied the trophic ecology of corals in the Line Islands and Hawaii.  



Broadly, I am interested in how the structure of benthic marine communities relates to overall ecosystem functioning. My research seeks to link physiological processes at the level of individuals with ecological patterns at the community scale. I achieve this by combining laboratory and field research that incorporates techniques from diverse disciplines including biogeochemistry, oceanography, ecophysiology, and remote sensing. I have been fortunate to work in polar, temperate, and tropical ecosystems and I use insights from these diverse geographies to generate unique approaches to studying benthic marine communities in a changing ocean.


PhD  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2018

MS    Moss Landing Marine Labs

BS     University of San Diego

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© 2018 by Michael D. Fox

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Email: mfox [at] whoi.edu

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