Coral Health & Disease

Dr. Courtney Klepac

Dr. Courtney Klepac

Coral Resilience Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Klepac joined the Mote Team as the Coral Resilience Postdoctoral Researcher in 2021 after completing her Ph.D. at Old Dominion University. Her dissertation research integrated coral biology, molecular ecology, and ecophysiology with environmental data and field experimentation to characterize two Pacific massive coral species responses to thermal stress. By investigating the influence of environment, physiological plasticity, and adaptation on the stress tolerance scope of corals, she aims to understand how corals will respond to climate change. At Mote, Dr. Klepac will incorporate her field, experimental, and laboratory expertise by examining additional coral stressors on coral resilience and resistance and how this knowledge can inform or assist coral restoration.


Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences; Old Dominion University, 2020.

M.S. in Biological Sciences; Florida Atlantic University, 2014.

B.S. in Marine Biology; Texas A&M University at Galveston, 2008


Klepac C.N., Beal J., Kenkel C.D., Sproles A., Polinski J.M., Williams M.A., Matz M.V., Voss J.D. (2015) Seasonal stability of coral-Symbiodinium associations in the subtropical coral habitat of St. Lucie Reef, Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series 532:137-151.

Klepac, C.N., Barshis D.J. (2020) Reduced thermal tolerance of massive coral species in a highly variable environment. Proc. R. Soc. B 287: 20201379.