Dr. Koch joined the Mote team in 2018 as a Visiting Research Scientist with the German Research Foundation to integrate coral sexual propagation 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, 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.
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
We're celebrating a scientific breakthrough!
For the first time, massive corals restored to Florida's Coral Reef are ready to become parents in the wild—a major success for Mote Marine Laboratory's scientific coral restoration efforts. Video announcement from Mote's President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby: