Jessica Bellworthy

Jessica Bellworthy

School of Marine Sciences
University of Haifa  ()

Research interests

I am a Postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Tali Mass at the University of Haifa, Israel. My research assesses how the parental environment influences the fitness of the offspring produced in reef building corals. Parental effects are ubiquitous in nature with multiple examples in marine invertebrates and may strongly influence species adaptation and persistence. However, parental effects are under-explored in corals which now face the challenge of surviving in a rapidly changing environment. Therefore, I use multiple approaches including physiology, molecular genomics, and microscopy to understand the mechanisms by which parental effects are produced in corals and explore how offspring phenotype changes along existing environmental gradients in nature with a focus on mesophotic to shallow reefs.

Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)