Marine biologist, coral researcher
David has devoted his career to studying coral reefs, which are home to more than a quarter of the world’s marine life. With the Great Barrier Reef showing signs of deterioration from ocean warming, acidification and deoxygenating, this researcher is interested in coral populations living in extremes. David believes these ‘super corals’, which thrive in hot, acidic and deoxygenated mangroves, are of huge importance to reef management as they could provide enhanced resistance to climate change. David used his grant to investigate ‘super coral’ sites in Australia and establish how these resilient populations could help restore the Great Barrier Reef.