Coral Health & Disease

Chelsea Petrik

Chelsea Petrik

Coral Resilience Staff Biologist

Chelsea joined the Mote Marine Laboratory team at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Summerland Key in May 2019. Her primary role at Mote will be implementing and managing several coral resilience experiments being conducted within the outdoor raceways at the Elizabeth Moore IC2R3. While working at Mote, Chelsea will conduct physiological and molecular assessments to determine corals resilience in future projected conditions. Chelsea's research interests are investigating the synergistic impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the physiological performance of coral reef invertebrates. She graduated with a MSc in Marine Biology and Ecology in March of 2019. During her Masters thesis she researched the physiological response of Great Barrier Reef sea urchin species in ocean acidification and climate change conditions. She looked into cross generational acclimation and if that plays a role in their resilience.


BS in Biology; University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL

MSc in Marine Biology and Ecology; James Cook University; Townsville, QLD, Australia


Uthicke S., Patel F., Petrik C., Watson S.‐A., Karelitz S. & Lamare M., (2021) Cross‐generational response of a tropical sea urchin to global change and a selection event in a 43‐month mesocosm study. *Global Change Biology*. doi:10.1111/gcb.15657