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dr. V. (Verena) Schoepf

Assistant Professor and MacGillavry Fellow
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: Jan van Arkel

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C4.213
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Verena Schoepf is Assistant Professor and MacGillavry Fellow at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Department of Freshwater and Marine Biology, at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she was a Research Fellow and Program Leader at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the University of Western Australia. Verena has a strong background in both biology and geology and obtained her PhD from The Ohio State University (USA). Her research and efforts to communicate science and promote women in STEM have been recognized with several awards, including “Superstar of STEM” and a “Young Tall Poppy Science Award”. She is also a TEDx speaker and her research on “super corals” was featured in the 2016 documentary series “Women and Oceans”.

    Monitoring coral health during the 2016 bleaching event in NW Australia. Credit: C. Cornwall.

    Verena’s research explores how reef-building corals are affected by climate and environmental change. Coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots of immense socio-economic importance; yet, warming and acidifying oceans severely threaten corals reefs and the ecosystem services they provide. By integrating eco-physiological, stable isotope and geochemical analyses, Verena’s research aims to provide new insights into the mechanisms and traits that enable coral resistance to multiple climate change stressors and promote their adaptive capacity in a changing ocean.

    For more information, please visit Verena’s personal website.

  • Publications

    2019

    2018

    • Camp, E. F., Schoepf, V., Mumby, P. J., Hardtke, L. A., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R., Smith, D. J., & Suggett, D. J. (2018). The Future of Coral Reefs Subject to Rapid Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Extreme Environments. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00004
    • Hughes, T. P., Anderson, K. D., Connolly, S. R., Heron, S. F., Kerry, J. T., Lough, J. M., ... Wilson, S. K. (2018). Spatial and temporal patterns of mass bleaching of corals in the Anthropocene. Science, 359(6371), 80-83. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aan8048

    2017

    • Hughes, T. P., Kerry, J. T., Alvarez-Noriega, M., Alvarez-Romero, J. G., Anderson, K. D., Baird, A. H., ... Wilson, S. K. (2017). Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals. Nature, 543(7645), 373-+. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21707
    • Schoepf, V., Jury, C. P., Toonen, R. J., & McCulloch, M. T. (2017). Coral calcification mechanisms facilitate adaptive responses to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 284(1868). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2117

    2015

    • Schoepf, V., Grottoli, A. G., Levas, S. J., Aschaffenburg, M. D., Baumann, J. H., Matsui, Y., & Warner, M. E. (2015). Annual coral bleaching and the long-term recovery capacity of coral. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 282(1819). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1887
    • Schoepf, V., Stat, M., Falter, J. L., & McCulloch, M. T. (2015). Limits to the thermal tolerance of corals adapted to a highly fluctuating, naturally extreme temperature environment. Scientific Reports, 5. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep17639

    2020

    2019

    2018

    • Camp, E. F., Schoepf, V., & Suggett, D. J. (2018). How can "Super Corals" facilitate global coral reef survival under rapid environmental and climatic change? Global Change Biology, 24(7), 2755-2757. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14153
    • Camp, E. F., Schoepf, V., Mumby, P. J., & Suggett, D. J. (2018). Editorial: The Future of Coral Reefs Subject to Rapid Climate Change: Lessons From Natural Extreme Environments. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, [4]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00433
    • Camp, E. F., Schoepf, V., Mumby, P. J., Hardtke, L. A., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R., Smith, D. J., & Suggett, D. J. (2018). The Future of Coral Reefs Subject to Rapid Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Extreme Environments. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00004
    • Grottoli, A. G., Martins, P. D., Wilkins, M. J., Johnston, M. D., Warner, M. E., Cai, W-J., ... Schoepf, V. (2018). Coral physiology and microbiome dynamics under combined warming and ocean acidification. PLoS ONE, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191156
    • Hughes, T. P., Anderson, K. D., Connolly, S. R., Heron, S. F., Kerry, J. T., Lough, J. M., ... Wilson, S. K. (2018). Spatial and temporal patterns of mass bleaching of corals in the Anthropocene. Science, 359(6371), 80-83. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aan8048
    • Levas, S., Schoepf, V., Warner, M. E., Aschaffenburg, M., Baumann, J., & Grottoli, A. G. (2018). Long-term recovery of Caribbean corals from bleaching. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 506, 124-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2018.06.003
    • Ross, C. L., Schoepf, V., DeCarlo, T. M., & McCulloch, M. T. (2018). Mechanisms and seasonal drivers of calcification in the temperate coral Turbinaria reniformis at its latitudinal limits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 285(1879). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.0215
    • Schoepf, V., Cornwall, C. E., Pfeifer, S. M., Carrion, S. A., Alessi, C., Comeau, S., & McCulloch, M. T. (2018). Impacts of coral bleaching on pH and oxygen gradients across the coral concentration boundary layer: a microsensor study. Coral reefs, 37(4), 1169-1180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-018-1726-6
    • Yuan, X., Cai, W-J., Meile, C., Hopkinson, B. M., Ding, Q., Schoepf, V., ... Grottoli, A. G. (2018). Quantitative interpretation of vertical profiles of calcium and pH in the coral coelenteron. Marine Chemistry, 204, 62-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marchem.2018.06.001

    2017

    • Hughes, T. P., Kerry, J. T., Alvarez-Noriega, M., Alvarez-Romero, J. G., Anderson, K. D., Baird, A. H., ... Wilson, S. K. (2017). Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals. Nature, 543(7645), 373-+. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21707
    • Le Nohaic, M., Ross, C. L., Cornwall, C. E., Comeau, S., Lowe, R., McCulloch, M. T., & Schoepf, V. (2017). Marine heatwave causes unprecedented regional mass bleaching of thermally resistant corals in northwestern Australia. Scientific Reports, 7. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14794-y
    • Schoepf, V., Hu, X., Holcomb, M., Cai, W-J., Li, Q., Wang, Y., ... Grottoli, A. G. (2017). Coral calcification under environmental change: a direct comparison of the alkalinity anomaly and buoyant weight techniques. Coral reefs, 36(1), 13-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-016-1507-z
    • Schoepf, V., Jury, C. P., Toonen, R. J., & McCulloch, M. T. (2017). Coral calcification mechanisms facilitate adaptive responses to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 284(1868). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2117

    2016

    • Cai, W-J., Ma, Y., Hopkinson, B. M., Grottoli, A. G., Warner, M. E., Ding, Q., ... Wang, Y. (2016). Microelectrode characterization of coral daytime interior pH and carbonate chemistry. Nature Communications, 7. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11144
    • Hoadley, K. D., Pettay, D. T., Grottoli, A. G., Cai, W-J., Melman, T. F., Levas, S., ... Warner, M. E. (2016). High-temperature acclimation strategies within the thermally tolerant endosymbiont Symbiodinium trenchii and its coral host, Turbinaria reniformis, differ with changing pCO(2) and nutrients. Marine Biology, 163(6). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-016-2909-8
    • Levas, S., Grottoli, A. G., Schoepf, V., Aschaffenburg, M., Baumann, J., Bauer, J. E., & Warner, M. E. (2016). Can heterotrophic uptake of dissolved organic carbon and zooplankton mitigate carbon budget deficits in annually bleached corals? Coral reefs, 35(2), 495-506. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-015-1390-z

    2015

    • Hoadley, K. D., Pettay, D. T., Grottoli, A. G., Cai, W-J., Melman, T. F., Schoepf, V., ... Warner, M. E. (2015). Physiological response to elevated temperature and pCO(2) varies across four Pacific coral species: Understanding the unique host plus symbiont response. Scientific Reports, 5. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep18371
    • Holcomb, M., DeCarlo, T. M., Schoepf, V., Dissard, D., Tanaka, K., & McCulloch, M. (2015). Cleaning and pre-treatment procedures for biogenic and synthetic calcium carbonate powders for determination of elemental and boron isotopic compositions. CHEMICAL GEOLOGY, 398, 11-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.01.019
    • Levas, S., Grottoli, A. G., Warner, M. E., Cai, W-J., Bauer, J., Schoepf, V., ... Wang, Y. (2015). Organic carbon fluxes mediated by corals at elevated pCO(2) and temperature. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 519, 153-164. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11072
    • Ross, C. L., Falter, J. L., Schoepf, V., & McCulloch, M. T. (2015). Perennial growth of hermatypic corals at Rottnest Island, Western Australia (32 degrees S). PeerJ, 3. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.781
    • Schoepf, V., Grottoli, A. G., Levas, S. J., Aschaffenburg, M. D., Baumann, J. H., Matsui, Y., & Warner, M. E. (2015). Annual coral bleaching and the long-term recovery capacity of coral. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 282(1819). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1887
    • Schoepf, V., Stat, M., Falter, J. L., & McCulloch, M. T. (2015). Limits to the thermal tolerance of corals adapted to a highly fluctuating, naturally extreme temperature environment. Scientific Reports, 5. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep17639

    2014

    • Grottoli, A. G., Warner, M. E., Levas, S. J., Aschaffenburg, M. D., Schoepf, V., McGinley, M., ... Matsui, Y. (2014). The cumulative impact of annual coral bleaching can turn some coral species winners into losers. Global Change Biology, 20(12), 3823-3833. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12658
    • Schoepf, V., Levas, S. J., Rodrigues, L. J., McBride, M. O., Aschaffenburg, M. D., Matsui, Y., ... Grottoli, A. G. (2014). Kinetic and metabolic isotope effects in coral skeletal carbon isotopes: A re-evaluation using experimental coral bleaching as a case study. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 146, 164-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2014.09.033
    • Schoepf, V., McCulloch, M. T., Warner, M. E., Levas, S. J., Matsui, Y., Aschaffenburg, M. D., & Grottoli, A. G. (2014). Short-Term Coral Bleaching Is Not Recorded by Skeletal Boron Isotopes. PLoS ONE, 9(11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0112011

    2013

    • Schoepf, V., Grottoli, A. G., Warner, M. E., Cai, W-J., Melman, T. F., Hoadley, K. D., ... Baumann, J. H. (2013). Coral Energy Reserves and Calcification in a High-CO2 World at Two Temperatures. PLoS ONE, 8(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0075049

    2010

    • Schoepf, V., Herler, J., & Zuschin, M. (2010). Microhabitat use and prey selection of the coral-feeding snail Drupella cornus in the northern Red Sea. Hydrobiologia, 641(1), 45-57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-009-0053-x
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