Verena is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Earth and Environment and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Her research focuses on the effects of climate change on coral reefs, in particular the resilience of corals to ocean acidification and warming. She has a broad background in both biology and geochemistry and combines these areas in her research. Verena is currently researching how coral skeletal boron isotopes, important proxy recorders of ocean pH, are influenced by other environmental factors and coral physiology.

Verena has conducted fieldwork on coral reefs around the world during her master’s and PhD studies, including the Red Sea and the Mexican Caribbean. Most recently, Verena conducted bleaching experiments in Australia’s remote Kimberley region to understand the heat stress resistance of corals living in naturally extreme environments.