Coral Reef Restoration

Dr. Hanna R. Koch

Dr. Hanna R. Koch

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Koch joined the Mote team in 2018 as a Visiting Research Scientist with the German Research Foundation to integrate assisted coral sexual reproduction into Mote's ongoing coral reef research and restoration framework. In 2020, Dr. Koch became a Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Coral Reef Restoration Program at Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in the FL Keys to continue her research on coral sexual propagation, assisted evolution and coral reef restoration.


2016 | PhD Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

2012 | MSc Biology, California State University, Los Angeles

2008 | BSc Marine Science, Eckerd College


Koch HR (2021) Chapter 10: Genetic considerations for coral reef restoration. In: Active Coral Reef Restoration: Techniques for a Changing Planet. Ed., David Vaughan. J. Ross Publishing. (In Press)

Koch HR (2021) Chapter 9: Assisted evolution and coral reef resilience. In: Active Coral Reef Restoration: Techniques for a Changing Planet. Ed., David Vaughan. J. Ross Publishing. (In Press)

Koch HR, Muller EM, Crosby MP (2021) Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide. The Scientist.

Koch HR (2021) Can direct sperm exposure be used as a tool to induce female corals to spawn? Bulletin of Marine Science: Portraits of Marine Science. DOI:10.5343/bms.2020.0057

Koch HR, Wagner S, & Becks L (2020) Antagonistic species interaction drives selection for sex in a predator–prey system. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13658

Koch HR, Blohm-Sievers E, & Liedvogel M (2019) Rapid sex determination of a wild passerine species using loop‐mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5168

Koch HR, & Becks L (2016) The consequences of facultative sex in a prey adapting to predation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12987.

Koch HR (2016) Evaluating the significance of predator-prey interactions for the evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction. PhD Thesis. MPI for Evolutionary Biology, Plön. 119pp.

Koch HR, Jeschke A, & Becks L (2015) Use of ddPCR in experimental evolution studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12467.

Koch HR, Frickel J, Valiadi M, & Becks L (2014) Why rapid, adaptive evolution matters for community dynamics. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2:17. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00017.

Awards & Honors

2020-2021 Sex determination of Montastraea cavernosa genotypes within Mote’s restoration gene pool for improving outplant designs. Protect Our Reefs Grant. Mote Marine Laboratory

2018-2020 DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

2011-2012 NSF STEM Graduate Teaching Fellowship, IMPACT-LA (Improving Minority Partnerships Across CISE-related Teaching), California State University, Los Angeles