Dr Sebastian Hennige

Dr Sebastian Hennige is a coral and algal eco-physiologist at Heriot Watt University. He has 6 years of experience in conducting field observations and manipulative experiments in the laboratory, to assess the acclimation and adaptation strategies that corals and algae utilise to ensure survival across a range of different environments, both present and future.

He is currently conducting research to examine the synergistic effects of ocean acidification and warming on biomineralisation in cold-water corals (Lophelia pertusa) and coralline algae (maerl). This will assess whether any changes in the growth, physiology and structural integrity of these species due to future high CO2 conditions will impede the ecosystem engineering function that cold-water corals and maerl perform. This work is conducted at the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University and the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences at Glasgow University in conjunction with Dr Roberts, Dr Kamenos and Prof. Taylor.

Apart from ocean acidification interests, Sebastian is also interested in harmful algal photophysiology, the mechanisms underlying bleaching in tropical coral species, and the use of host tissue cultures as a tool to assess coral physiology under controlled conditions.